Brian joined the SagaCity team in 2006 as a fact-checker with Portland Monthly. Details were sweated and issue upon issue, he took on greater responsibility, from managing departments to wrangling interns to organizing and executing cover features and narrative stories.

In 2010, with SagaCity’s custom magazine department growing by leaps and bounds, Brian took an opportunity to combine a love of travel writing and the wide-open spaces of Oregon by serving as a project lead for visitor guide clients, which now includes Travel Portland, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Eugene, Cascades & Coast, and Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. He shares a century-old bungalow at the foot of Mount Tabor with his wife, young son, and newly adopted Great Pyrenees-Lab mix.

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Going Coastal

Portland Monthly Editor Brian Barker shares his pictures from his tour of Southern Oregon, and up Highway 101 along the Oregon Coast.

09/11/2009 Photography by Brian Barker

FALL TRAVEL

Explore Hidden Oregon

From the sprawling emptiness of southeastern Oregon to the rough tranquility of the Oregon Coast, the state is ripe for exploring. No matter where you're going to, there are some lesser-known gems that can't be missed. We've found 30 such adventures.

09/11/2009 By Kasey Cordell, Randy Gragg, and Rachel Ritchie Edited by Brian Barker

MUDROOM

Holy Water

Local beer brewers argue over politicians messing with their biggest ingredient—water.

09/10/2009 With Brian Barker

Mudroom

Trophy Lives

Beaverton powerhouse Jesuit High School has one of the top ranked athletic programs in the country, and it has the famous alumni to match it.

08/18/2009 With Brian Barker

EAT THIS NOW

Fried Crawfish Pie

A downtown food cart brings the taste of NOLA to PDX.

07/20/2009 With Brian Barker

Burgers

Portland's Best Burgers

You got the need, the need for beef? Let our guide to Portland's best burgers give you the resources you need to make that educated culinary choice on that most American of dishes: the hamburger. We scoured the city to find the best in nine different ca

07/20/2009 With Martha Calhoon, Randy Gragg, Brian Barker, John Chandler, and Rachel Ritchie Edited by Kasey Cordell

Mudroom

Summer Lovin’

Finish your summer the way it should be finished: a potent Pimm's Cup, a beautiful sunset, a bit of ballet, a scenic staircase, and a lot of luxury.

07/20/2009 By Kasey Cordell With Brian Barker

Currency

Street Cents

As it turns out, the money the Portland Bureau of Transportation received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act only equals 1.25 Raef LaFrentzes.

07/20/2009 With Brian Barker

Mudroom

Singled Out

For all its recognition as a cyclist’s nirvana, Portland has a dirty little secret: the city is home to only six miles of single-track mountain-biking trails. Nowhere is this dirt deficit more obvious than in Forest Park, where there exists a measly one-t

06/22/2009 With Brian Barker

Mudroom

Hot-Rod Hybrid

Portland claims the most hybrid-car owners in the country, but odds are that nobody's plugged in a ride quite like the 2010 Fisker Karma, which hits 60 miles per hour in just under six seconds and gets 100 miles per gallon.

05/26/2009 With Brian Barker

Get Out

Hikes & Bikes

One of the best things about living in Portland is the ease with which we can escape the city for more rugged delights. So we paged through guidebooks, consulted local experts, and wore a little leather off our own boots...

05/20/2009 Edited by Kasey Cordell With Brian Barker By Kaitlin Johnson, Ariel Bleicher, Victoria Nguyen, and Bart Blasengame

Winter Remedy

On Bended Knee

Don’t just ski this winter; set your heels free and go tele’ it on the mountain.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Cherry Orchard Trail

A windswept meadow leads to an abandoned cherry orchard

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Article

Fresh Tracks

Ever wonder what Vail looked like before it became Vail? Head to Tamarack, Idaho, a megaresort in the making.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Sustainability

The Color of Money

For Portland to create a major green economy, we’ll need an influx of bucks and brains.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Cheap Date

Gloria’s Secret Café

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

History's Mysteries

Criminal Minds

A new team of volunteer sleuths turns up the heat on some of Multnomah County's coldest cases.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Sustainability

Ecofreaks

Obsessed with the planet. Slightly insane. Green to the core. Six uncompromising Ecofreaks who make us want to be better.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Article

Good Buy

Hang your hat at one of the state's greenest homes.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Market Watch

Hot ’Hoods

No matter what kind of buyer you are, one of these six ’hoods has a welcome mat with your name on it.

05/19/2009 By Stacey Wilson With Brian Barker