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.  

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

Editor's Note

We’ve Honored More than 200 Nonprofits with Light a Fire Awards Since 2005

The real winners in this annual nonprofit and volunteer spotlight? All of us.

10/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

The Framers

Two Veteran Portland Artists on Finding the Perfect Frame

Bob Nadeau and Efraín González frame art—everything from high-end masterpieces to your preschooler’s handprinted hot mess.

10/16/2019 By Fiona McCann

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 10–13

Shaking the Tree updates Euripides, OBT's season opener closes, and buzzy Brooklynite Hank Willis Thomas kicks off his new show at PAM!

10/10/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Kiva Hanson, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, and Olivia Wolf

Pomo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 3–6

A grim 1984 closes at Artists Rep, OBT kicks off its 30th season, and the All Jane Comedy Fest comes to town!

10/03/2019 By Fiona McCann, Brendan Nagle, Conner Reed, Olivia Wolf, and Alli Weseman

Light a Fire

One Portland Non-Profit Is Challenging Trump’s Border Policies—And Winning.

The Innovation Law Lab has become a national leader taking on immigrant cases.

09/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

12 Things to See and Do in Portland: October 2019

Ta-Nehisi Coates in town, OBT roars into its 30th anniversary season, Teicher levels up on tap dance, and All Jane brings the laughs.

09/23/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Art

This Portland Artist Uses Her Own Hair to Explore Race

Catch Lisa Jarrett's latest show Future Ancestors at Ori this month.

09/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

Politics

How Jeff Merkley Is Helping to Keep the Nation’s Eyes on the Border Crisis

He talks Senate reform, his presidency bid, and hearing from sobbing mothers at our country’s migration camps.

09/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

Book Festival 2019

Portland Book Festival Announces 2019 Lineup

More than 100 writers are inbound for the annual bibliophile’s bonanza.

09/06/2019 By Fiona McCann

TBA

Our Top Picks for TBA 2019

Bossa Nova soundtracks, a pipe organist shredding, group screaming sessions, and a mother musical? That'd be TBA.

09/05/2019 By Kiva Hanson, Fiona McCann, and Conner Reed

Entertaining Guide

12 More Awesome Ways to Party in Portland

From axe-throwing contests and rooftop get-downs to wine-and-cheese platters and pizza parties, there's really no excuse not to throw an epic party.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, and Benjamin Tepler

Report

Public Parks and Onramps Are Biting Back Against Camping. But Should They?

Hostile design can prevent someone from pitching a tent. But some say the urban design trend just creates more problems.

08/27/2019 By Fiona McCann Illustrations by Neil Webb

Community Report

These 4 Nonprofits Are Fighting Homelessness One Meal, Bed, or Trash Bag at a Time

When it comes to tackling homelessness, bigger is not always better.

06/25/2019 By Fiona McCann