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.  

News

This Company Aims to Help You Reduce Your Own Personal Landfill

Newly expanded to Portland, Ridwell is here to recycle things you never knew you could.

01/09/2021 By Fiona McCann

News

Oregon Lawmakers Call for the Removal of President Trump

In the wake of violence at the Capitol, some of our local lawmakers are calling for invoking the 25th Amendment and impeachment.

01/07/2021 By Eden Dawn and Fiona McCann

Election

Senators Wyden and Merkley React to the Violence at the US Capitol

After terrorists invaded the Capitol, Oregon's senators condemned the violence.

01/06/2021 By Marty Patail and Fiona McCann

Volunteer

Put Your Talents to Good Use at These Portland Organizations and Nonprofits

Using your skills to give back can make you feel good, too.

01/01/2021 By Fiona McCann

Holidays

Viral Star-Spangled Singers Reunite to Sing for Peace

This will give you all the feels.

12/22/2020 By Fiona McCann

News

A Coronavirus Vaccine Has Arrived in Oregon

Seven different Oregon health care workers received the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine on a live video call with the Governor on Monday morning.

12/16/2020 By Fiona McCann

Health

Clear Masks at OHSU Teach Babies How to Smile

Restrictions at the pandemic’s onset were affecting the way newborns and parents bonded—until Mollie Poor did something about it.

12/07/2020 By Fiona McCann

News

Amid an Uncertain Year, a New Vanguard Emerges in Portland Journalism

A look at the independent journalists who have live-streamed the revolution.

12/06/2020 By Fiona McCann

Year in Review

The Best Oregon-Made Culture of 2020

From street art to stage sweat, these were the year’s most essential pieces.

12/05/2020 By Conner Reed and Fiona McCann

News

PDX Love Over Hate Aims to Counter Racist Attacks with Support and Signage

Friends and neighbors of victims have rallied to create a nonprofit that "blankets the city with love."

12/03/2020 By Fiona McCann

Light a Fire

Four Decades of Protest: Self Enhancement Inc Keeps Showing Up

The North Portland nonprofit works with schools, families, and partner organizations to provide support for students and their families, in academia and beyond.

12/02/2020 By Fiona McCann

Gift Guide

20 Locally Made Gifts Under $50

Our local stores need your help more than ever this year—and luckily they've got oodles of goodies to suit a more modest budget.

11/27/2020 By Fiona McCann and Eden Dawn

Interview

Portland Artist Wins Warhol Grant to Write About Our City’s Challenged Arts Scene

Bean Gilsdorf, artist and writer, poses questions about who is supporting the arts in Portland.

11/20/2020 By Fiona McCann

Interview

After a Close-but-Not-Quite Mayor's Race, What’s Next for Political Whiz Gregory McKelvey?

Portland’s rising political star talks next moves.

11/17/2020 By Fiona McCann

Coronavirus

Governor Kate Brown Issues a Plea for Oregonians to Stay With Their Household. Will It Work?

As nine Oregon counties head into a two-week “pause,” what got us here and what does it mean?

11/11/2020 By Gabriel Granillo and Fiona McCann

Interview

Vanessa Veselka Writes the Reality of Poverty in America

The Portland writer talks ambition, trauma, and her new book.

11/08/2020 By Fiona McCann

Books

Our Picks for the 2020 Portland Book Festival

The typically one-day, in-person festival will sprawl across two digital weeks this year. Here's what you can't miss.

11/05/2020 By Fiona McCann and Conner Reed

Election 2020

LIVE: Portland City Council & Metro Results

Live results and analysis on the city's most important races, from the mayor's office to a hotly contested city council seat

11/03/2020 By Fiona McCann and Margaret Seiler

CIVIC LIFE

Multnomah County's Vaunted Library System Is Redefining Itself for the Pandemic Era

The changes have not come without pushback.

10/28/2020 By Fiona McCann

Book Review

Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation Is a Potent, Prescient Pandemic Tale

The mythological nature of plague unspools from the author's novella, released in a new edition September 29.

10/12/2020 By Fiona McCann