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.  

Community Report

We Know How to Solve Homelessness in Portland. What’s Stopping Us?

“These are not intractable problems. They can be solved.”

06/25/2019 By Fiona McCann

Summer Adventures: Under Construction

Some of These 6 Oregon Trails Don’t Exist Yet—But They Will Be Epic

These trails are the future of outdoor adventuring in Oregon.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Community Report

One Woman’s Story of Living on Oregon’s Streets

Corrine Penning tells us how she became homeless, and what that experience was like.

05/28/2019 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 23–26

Sticking around town for the long weekend? We've got you covered.

05/22/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Festivals

5 Events You Can't Miss at This Year's Vanport Mosaic Festival

From a walking tour to watercolors to documentaries about Mulugeta Seraw and the 2017 MAX attack, here's what to catch at the fourth annual fest.

05/22/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Education

Tens of Thousands Gather in Portland to Protest Education Funding

Teachers, students, and parents flocked to Waterfront Park to demand more funding for public schools.

05/08/2019 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 2–5

Say hello to May with LGBTQ documentaries, Kiese Laymon, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, and intricate crochet portraits.

05/01/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 25–28

Flock of Dimes and Madeline Kenney play Mississippi Studios, Josh Keyes paints a beastly city, and TEDxPortland takes on cannabis, ice cream, and more.

04/24/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

Community Report

Understanding Homelessness in Portland

We ask what Portlanders need to understand about a thorny issue in a city grappling with its ideals.

04/23/2019 Edited by Fiona McCann

The Oregon Woman 2019

One Indigenous Activist Is Making a Place for Two Spirit People in Portland

Candi Brings Plenty has a history of making change happen.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

Homelessness: Viewpoints

What Don't We Understand About Homelessness in Portland?

We spoke to a shelter worker, someone who has lived on our streets, a cop, nonprofit directors, and more to find out.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies

Books

Karen Russell’s New Story Collection Is a Wondrous, Wild Imagining

The Portland-based author of Swamplandia returns with Orange World.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 18–21

From grizzly bear tales to a cannabis-fueled film fest, Soul'd Out to the Jefferson Dancers, this weekend is ready to deliver.

04/17/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 11–14

From Mdou Moctar to ghostly dance, plastic flamingos to Prometheus, here's what's on deck.

04/10/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 4–7

What's on deck? A dance tribute to New Orleans jazz, clowns in (existential) crisis, a post-punk/dark wave fest, and Japanese films galore.

04/03/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, and Fiona McCann

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 28–31

The country's largest literary conference lands in town, Bombino plays the Star Theater, and Portland Center Stage closes Tiny Beautiful Things.

03/27/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Jackson Main, Wriik Maui, and Fiona McCann

Insider's Guide 2019

75 Things Every Portlander Must Do

We tapped art aficionados, food fanatics, entrepreneurs, and outdoor enthusiasts for their picks of things every Portlander must do.

03/26/2019 Edited by Fiona McCann

Insider’s Guide 2019: Quadrant Breakdown

Where to Eat, Shop, and Play in All 5 Portland Quadrants

Plus hot insider tips from local experts.

03/26/2019 By Portland Monthly Staff

Insider’s Guide 2019: Fashion

An Emmy-Winning Costume Designer Reveals Her Must-Hit Portland Style Spots

Portlandia vet and Psychic Bar co-owner Amanda Needham steers us through the city’s style scene.

03/26/2019 By Fiona McCann

Insider’s Guide 2019: Nightlife

Expatriate's Kyle Linden Webster Reveals the Places You Should Be Drinking at Right Now

Expatriate’s cocktail slinging king and house DJ Kyle Linden Webster talks wine bars and record troves.

03/26/2019 By Fiona McCann