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. 

Environment

Spring Cleaning Season Is Upon Us, Portland

Here’s where to donate, sell, and recycle all the stuff you don’t need anymore.

04/22/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

Oregon Universities Are Weighing Whether to Mandate Student Vaccines for the Fall

Lewis & Clark College is the first in the state to announce it will do so.

04/21/2021 By Aurora Biggers, Reina Harwood, and Julia Silverman

Top Chef

‘Top Chef’ Season 18, Episode 3 Recap: Under African Skies

The chefs make gelato-inspired layered desserts, and then cook dishes inspired by Portland's pan-African restaurant scene

04/16/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

Should Oregon Schools Stop Standardized Tests This Year?

With so little time in school buildings, districts are looking to opt out and scale back. But at what cost?

04/13/2021 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

The Vaccine Floodgates Are Opening in Oregon. What Does That Mean for Mass Clinics?

They'll keep relying on community volunteers—but that's getting tougher at a critical juncture.

04/07/2021 By Julia Silverman

Bicycling

Biking Is Portland's Favorite Pandemic Activity, but Cycle Celebrations Are Still a Question Mark

Pedalpalooza, Sunday Parkways, and Bridge Pedal are still figuring out how to return in 2021

04/06/2021 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

COVID Cases Are Ticking Up in Oregon. Are Variants to Blame?

To head them off, the pace of vaccinations needs to pick up, experts say.

04/01/2021 By Julia Silverman and Gabriel Granillo

Real Estate

Five Years in the Making, Argyle Gardens Is a Departure for Affordable Housing in Portland

Is North Portland’s design-forward cohousing building a one-off, or the new face of affordable housing in the city?

03/31/2021 By Julia Silverman

Oregon Woman

Their Own Wings

Oregon women are shaping our city and state, in politics, on the streets, in boardrooms, and in daily life. Listen to what they have to say.

03/27/2021 By Fiona McCann, Eden Dawn, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Jenni Moore, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Luz Zamora

Oregon Woman

Nafisa Fai Is a Groundbreaker, in More Ways Than One

“We have a right to represent our community, to show the power of diversity. There is nothing scary about representation. There is power in it."

03/27/2021 By Julia Silverman

Politics

Filibuster Reform Is Having a Moment. Jeff Merkley Can Take a Lot of the Credit.

Oregon's junior senator has been agitating for changing the system since 2009.

03/25/2021 By Julia Silverman

Feature

In a State Divided by More Than the Cascades, Can Oregon's Flagship Public Radio Station Bridge the Gap?

After nearly doubling its newsroom’s size in the past five years, Oregon Public Broadcasting is ready to rumble.

03/21/2021 By Julia Silverman

Health

So You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated in Oregon! Now What?

Good news: more get-togethers with your fellow vaxxed Oregonians are in your future.

03/19/2021 By Julia Silverman

Summer

Summer Camps in Oregon Will Be (Mostly) Open This Year

But they won't look the same as in pre-pandemic times.

03/16/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

So, Will Your Kid Be Back to School Full-Time in Oregon Next Year?

State education officials are hopeful but aren’t making promises just yet.

03/12/2021 By Julia Silverman

Health

Portland Is Getting Its First New Independent Abortion Clinic in Two Decades

The Lilith Clinic will provide abortions up to the 22 week mark of pregnancy.

03/10/2021 By Julia Silverman

Education

New Data Shows Sliding Grades for Portland High Schoolers

The percentage of those earning Fs and Incompletes is up, particularly among students from Pacific Islander, Latino, and Indigenous backgrounds.

03/04/2021 By Julia Silverman