Julia Silverman is Portland Monthly’s News Editor. She previously worked at Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Associated Press and as the editor-in-chief of PDX Parent magazine. She lives in Southeast Portland with her husband and their twins and does too many jigsaw puzzles in her spare time. Find her on Twitter at @jrlsilverman. 

Shoe Gazing

Beyond Nike and Adidas: Shoes Are Big Business in Portland

A totally cosmic look at the brightest stars—and the up-and-comers—in our local sneaker industry’s footwear firmament.

11/22/2022 By Julia Silverman

Schools

A Years-Long Rift over School Fundraising Comes to a Head in Portland

At issue: should individual schools be able to buy more full-time staff members with foundation fundraising?

11/08/2022 By Julia Silverman

Books, Books, Books

Portland's Flagship Downtown Library Reopens Next Week—Here's Why You Need to Get There Fast

The Central Library is closing again in 2023 for at least six months for more renovations. Plus more library news and notes!

10/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

Get Out

Let It Snow: Mt Hood Ski Resorts to Open in Just a Few Weeks

Snow in the Cascades means local ski resorts will soon announce opening dates for the upcoming season that are on the historically early side.

10/25/2022 By Julia Silverman

Analysis

Portlanders Seem to Want One Thing This Election Day: Change

The red wave isn't coming for the city, but all signs point to a restless electorate looking for a new direction.

10/24/2022 By Julia Silverman

Business

What Happened after Shark Tank for These Oregon Entrepreneurs?

An Oregonian hit paydirt on the first episode of this season. But what about seasons gone by?

10/18/2022 By Julia Silverman

Retail Therapy

8 New-and-Improved Portland Shopping Spots We're Digging Right Now

Superette on NW 23rd, Makerspace in Sellwood, outdoor pop-up events and more.

10/13/2022 By Julia Silverman

Analysis

Is the Red Wave Finally Coming for Oregon?

With just over three weeks until Election Day, the President is coming to Stumptown to stump for Democratic candidates.

10/13/2022 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Where Did Home Prices Rise and Fall the Most in Portland Last Month?

All signs point to a regional slowdown in the market.

10/11/2022 By Julia Silverman

Media

A New Newsletter/Podcast Launches in Portland, Joining a Crowded Field

The team so far behind the launch includes host Claudia Meza, audio producer Giulia Fiaoni, and newsletter writer/editor Rachel Monahan.

10/07/2022 By Julia Silverman

Fitness

Barre3 Puts Flagship Pearl District Studio on Pause

After a challenging two years, the future of the studio—which opened in 2008—is uncertain. We talked to founder Sadie Lincoln to find out what’s next.  

10/05/2022 By Julia Silverman

Health

Masks Will Still Be Required at Oregon Health Care Settings, at Least Until Spring

The CDC has changed its guidelines on masking in hospitals and elsewhere, but Oregon officials have an eye on flu season.

10/04/2022 By Julia Silverman

RIP

Dan Wieden on Two of His Essential Ad Spots

Wieden, one half of Portland's iconic ad agency Wieden & Kennedy, died Friday, September 30, at the age of 77.

10/03/2022 By Julia Silverman

Politics

Oregon Governor Candidates Line Up for Debate

Here's what to watch for when the three leading contenders take the stage.

09/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

House Proud

Gawk at These Modern Portland Homes on an Architectural Tour

The season kicks off next month with the Portland Modern Home Tour, featuring homes from Raleigh Hills to Sellwood to Cully.

09/23/2022 By Julia Silverman

Health

Samantha Hess, Portland's OG Cuddling Professional, Is Calling It Quits

Over nine years, Hess received national publicity and dreamt of a chain of cuddling studios. But bad faith landlords and the pandemic both took their toll.

09/22/2022 By Julia Silverman

Fun and Games

Roll the Dice on these 4 New Portland-Made Board Games

Space races, superstition, feeling through vocabulary and an updated version of Monopoly's predecessor.

09/21/2022 By Julia Silverman

Nature

Peak Swift: The Vaux’s Migration Is Cresting Now in Portland

Go see the birds at Chapman Elementary School before they fly south for the winter.

09/16/2022 By Julia Silverman

Development

O’Bryant Square Garage to Be Demolished in 2023

The downtown Portland plaza, nicknamed "Paranoid Park," is catty-corner to the new Ritz-Carlton, which is set to open next July.

09/16/2022 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Will the Portland Housing Market Snap Out of Its August Lull?

Or will we look back on summer of 2022 as the start of a buyers' market?

09/13/2022 By Julia Silverman