Fiona McCann is a senior editor at Portland Monthly, where she steers the magazine’s arts and cultural coverage as well as the On the Town blog. When not out seeking her cultural hits in high and low places—she’s as likely to be found at a symphony concert as in a mosh pit, at a ballet performance as in a comics store—she creates and edits plump and colorful feature packages on such diverse topics as love and sex, pets and children, and Portland’s eternal love of pop culture. Since joining the magazine in 2015, she’s also covered school board challenges, sportswear upstarts, and a kick-ass Tetris tournament.  

In her past life, she was an Arts and Features Writer for the Irish Times, an editor at social news agency Storyful, edited and wrote for Time Out guides in Argentina, and worked for Reuters, Buenos Aires.  

What’s Next?

We Asked 5 Portland Tech Insiders about the Future of the Industry

Portland’s tech scene is steadily growing and morphing, ushering in economic, cultural, and physical change to our city as it does.

02/25/2020 By Fiona McCann and Marty Patail

Office Space

WeWork Opens First East-Side Location

The beleaguered workspace rental company opens its fourth Portland space in the Lloyd District.

02/24/2020 By Fiona McCann

Politics

Want to Know How to Get Rid of Trump? Dan Pfeiffer Has Some Ideas

Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again sets out a clear blueprint for ridding the country of its current administration.

02/21/2020 By Fiona McCann

Academia

Concordia University to Close Permanently After Spring Semester

The 115-year-old institution cited financial challenges.

02/10/2020 With Fiona McCann

After Arnold

Astoria-Shot Kindergarten Cop Turns 30 This Year

Here’s why that matters.

01/21/2020 By Fiona McCann

City Commission

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish Dies at 61

The long-serving commissioner had announced his intention to resign just two days ago.

01/02/2020 By Fiona McCann

Feature

This Oregon Woman Lost 5 Years of Memories

Sarah Swenson woke up after a bout of meningitis missing five years of her life. Where did they go?

12/31/2019 By Fiona McCann Illustrations by Heather Landis

News

What’s Behind the Youth-Driven Union Boom in the Pacific Northwest?

Organized labor is on a roll. Thanks, millennials!

12/31/2019 By Fiona McCann

Breaking News

Multiple Women Recall Sexual Misconduct and Perceived Retaliation by Gordon Sondland

Three women recall Sondland made unwanted sexual contact in business settings. One says he exposed himself and that, later, she fell over the back of a couch trying to escape him. All recall professional retaliation after they rejected him.

11/27/2019 By Julia Silverman, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Maryam Jameel, and Doris Burke

Great Little Shops 2019

Consignment Shop Button Hopes You’ll Shop There, But Not Too Much

“I love slow fashion and that movement of … buying just what you need, a few nice pieces versus a bunch of pieces that you’re not really excited about.”

11/26/2019 By Fiona McCann

Arts

2019’s Best Oregon-Born Culture, From Potent Whispers to Vivid Dances to Twitter Comedy

Plus, a play that melted our writer’s face off.

11/26/2019 By Conner Reed and Fiona McCann

Books

A New PDX-Grown Book Series Tackles Tough Topics for Kids

Read-alouds on racism, feminism, money and more that you can't buy on Amazon.

11/26/2019 By Fiona McCann

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 21–24

White Bird celebrates an old master, Nicole Byer comes to town, and Lisa Jarrett's hair-centric show closes at the Ori.

11/20/2019 By Conner Reed, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Kiva Hanson

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 7–10

The Portland Book Festival returns, BodyVox tackles Shakespeare with Death and Delight, and Cherokee Nation member Brenda Mallory opens a new show at Upfor.

11/07/2019 By Conner Reed, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

Long Story Short

Meet Sara Boone, Portland’s New Fire Chief

“As kids, you let joy lead where you want to go.”

10/24/2019 By Fiona McCann

Leveling the Field

This Nonprofit Brings Women Together to Invest in Women

The Women's Foundation of Oregon lifts women and girls throughout the state.

10/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

Do Gooders

The 15th Annual Light a Fire Winners Are Here

Honoring the nonprofits and people making Portland better for all

10/23/2019 Edited by Fiona McCann Illustrations by Sara Wong

Do Gooders

The 15th Annual Light a Fire Winners Are Here

Honoring the people making our city and state better for all

10/23/2019 Edited by Fiona McCann

Lifetime Achievement

This Portland Illustrator and Activist Has Been Working for LGBTQ Rights Since... Well, Forever

Rupert Kinnard joined the Portland Town Council, the first LGBTQ-rights umbrella group in Oregon, in the early ‘80s as its first black member.

10/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: November 2019

Carla Rossi clowns around, Sleater-Kinney shreds at the Crystal, and national treasure Nicole Byer hits Helium.

10/23/2019 By Conner Reed, Fiona McCann, and Rebecca Jacobson