Assistant Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to generate annual research packages like Top DoctorsSchools, and Real Estate; as well as head the magazine's fact checking and travel departments. 

Ramona was first recognized for her writing chops in 1990, when she won a seventh-grade essay contest. Asked to pick the nation's most pressing issue, Ramona wisely chose inflation (rates promptly fell). She now mostly steers clear of economic forecasting, writing instead about crazy kayakers, chef-activists, coastal adventures, and Central Oregon hotshots 

Prior to Portland Monthly, Ramona wrote for a range of nonprofits, planned international events, and directed a venture capital association. She was raised in the Bay Area, Oklahoma, and Kansas, but has called Portland home since 2001. Currently, Ramona is working on a graduate thesis (on fact checking) for Portland State University’s MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction program.

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POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 26–29

Sticking around town for Memorial Day? Fill your weekend with Chelsea Wolfe's goth-folk, books about pit bulls, last-chance gallery exhibits, and a Prince double feature.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/26/2016

THE BIG CATCH

You Should Be Eating More Amazing Oregon Fish

Oregon’s coastal waters teem with unique seafood. So why isn’t it ending up in our restaurants?

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/23/2016

GO FISH!

Essential Oregon Ocean Adventures

Crabbing to clamming to charter fishing, here are three must-do ocean escapades.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/19/2016

CHARTER FISHING

A Luxe Charter-Fishing Trip Puts Oregon’s Seafood Bounty at Your Fingertips

No angling skills? No problem. Reel in all the good stuff from a charter vessel.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/19/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 19–22

QDoc delivers a packed slate of LGBTQ documentaries, soul singer Charles Bradley hits the Crystal, comedian Myq Kaplan heads to Revolution Hall, and an all-star cast takes on A Streetcar Named Desire.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/19/2016

DRINK THIS NOW

Beer Me: The Ultimate Gluten-Free Beer Smackdown

Omission vs. Groundbreaker vs. Utah-based Uinta. We ranked these beers from best to worst.

  • By Marty Patail and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/18/2016

FREE STUFF

20 Totally FREE Ways to Make This Your Best Portland Summer Ever

Leaving town this summer? Well, OK. But you're gonna miss all this free stuff—from a Nu Shooz show to JAW's three new plays to an actual screening of Jaws (plus so much more).

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Molly Woodstock, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/17/2016

HOTEL OPENINGS

A Sneak Peek at Portland's Next Hotel Boom

It's not (just) a façade: Portland's tourism market really is supercharged. Here are 10 hotel projects—some brand-new, some retooled—that will soon cash in on that demand.

  • By Kailla Coomes and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/16/2016

DIVE IN!

Beyond Halibut: Oregon Seafood You Must Eat Right Now

Black cod to gapers, bay shrimp to butter clams, here’s where to find—and how to prepare—the best of Oregon’s briny bounty.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/13/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 12–15

From a St. Johns street fest with a stellar music lineup to an encore Hump screening to a rangy dance show, here's what you should be doing this weekend.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/12/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 5–8

Bike-themed movies hit the Hollywood, the Oregon Symphony takes on the Back to the Future score, and a slew of art galleries open fresh shows. We're happy to see you, May.

  • By Jack Rushall, Rebecca Jacobson, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/05/2016

Summer Race Guide

Bike, Run, Stumble, and Jump: Our Guide to 30 Great Summer Races

UFO-themed dashes, ultra-awesome ultras, and scavenger hunts inspired by The Amazing Race—we pick our 30 favorite summer challenges. Mark your calendars—and go!

  • By Caitlin Collins, Molly Woodstock, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/03/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 28–May 1

From Bombino's entrancing guitar licks to International Tabletop Day to some next-level, one-on-one theater, send out April with a bang.

  • By Jack Rushall, Rebecca Jacobson, Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/28/2016

MODERN LOVE

Love, Portland: Dating and Mating, Stumptown Style

Like everything, we do romance our own way in this town.

  • By Courtenay Hameister, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/22/2016

THE NUMBERS

What Do the Stats Say about Romance in Portland?

Good for fetishists. Bad for 20-something women.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/22/2016

THE NEXT ROUND

Portland’s Best Bars 2016

We’ve got the city’s best new bars, 11 essential new cocktails, a watering hole for (nearly) every neighborhood, and a tasting room decision tree.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Bart Blasengame, Margaret Seiler, Ramona DeNies, Benjamin Tepler, Eden Dawn, Karen Brooks, Zach Dundas, and Brian Barker
  • Published 04/22/2016

THE NEXT ROUND

Portland’s 13 Best New Bars

Whether you're into ham and fortified wines or mussels and Belgian beers, there’s a new spot for you.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 04/22/2016

BIKES

Three Female Gearheads Will Help You Build Your Perfect Bicycle

Our bodies, our bikes

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/22/2016

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 21–24

From feisty newsboys to wisdom from a pizza king to three days of heavy metal, the weekend is here and ready to be seized.

  • By Rebecca Jacobson and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/21/2016

AIRPORT LOVE

Want to Get Felt Up in Klamath Falls?

Four Oregon congressional reps unite to restore TSA screening in Klamath Falls, which could mean the return of commercial flights to Crater Lake. (Well, nearby.)

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/19/2016
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