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. 

Field Notes

Need a Snowy Change of Scene? Head Up to Bennett Pass

A high-elevation sno-park offers an early-season escape from the city.

11/28/2020 By Julia Silverman

Education

What Are Oregon School Districts Doing to Make Classrooms Safer for Teachers and Kids?

And will it be enough to help schools open before June?

11/25/2020 By Julia Silverman

Home Projects

Should You DIY a Galvanized Steel Hot Tub in Your Backyard?

It might depend on your—and your partner’s—patience levels.

11/24/2020 By Julia Silverman

Design

These 6 Northwest Schools Are Inspiring Post-Pandemic Design

From high-tech ventilation systems to “flex spaces” for students to work while social distancing to sweeping outdoor classrooms, here are a few spookily pres...

11/20/2020 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Comparing Lockdown Levels in the West Coast States

Is a freeze by any other name just as strict? Let's find out!

11/18/2020 By Julia Silverman

Education

As Oregon Locks Down Again, Has the Chance to Open Schools Slipped Away?

Parents have been lobbying, but some fear a return to in-person school is still months away.

11/13/2020 By Julia Silverman

Politics

The Votes Are In—Now Let's Obsessively Analyze the Results!

A county-by-county breakdown points to suburbs going bluer, a coast turning red, and an emerging battleground.

11/09/2020 By Julia Silverman

Election 2020

5 Takeaways From a Wild Election Night

And it's not over yet, folks

11/04/2020 By Julia Silverman

Election 2020

LIVE: Statewide Races Results

Live results and analysis on Oregon's most important races, from US congressional seats to secretary of state.

11/03/2020 By Julia Silverman

News

More Oregon Kids Could Soon Be Heading Back to School

Gov. Kate Brown announced new metrics on Friday for school reopening—even as daily case counts hit their highest-ever totals in Oregon.

10/30/2020 By Julia Silverman

Politics

5 Juicy Subplots to Watch before Election Day

Election results start coming in tomorrow. Here’s what we’ll be reading up on until then.

10/29/2020 By Julia Silverman

Politics

Four Oregon-Made Politics Podcasts to Stream Before Election Day

From rational Republicans to the ins-and-outs of voting, there’s a pod for every politics junkie out there.

10/24/2020 By Julia Silverman

Politics

Things Are Getting Interesting in These Two Local Congressional Races

In these parts, the presidential race is no nailbiter. But keep an eye on DeFazio vs. Skarlatos and Herrera-Beutler vs. Long.

10/22/2020 By Julia Silverman

Politics

The Busiest Man in Oregon Right Now Is Also One of the Country’s Foremost Early Voting Experts

The past seven months have been a blur. But forecasting what’s to come keeps professor Paul Gronke up at night.

10/16/2020 By Julia Silverman

Health

Oregonians Are Wearing Their Masks, a New Survey Shows

But they're a lot less certain about whether they want to get a coronavirus vaccine

10/08/2020 By Julia Silverman

Oregon, Whose Oregon?

Oregon’s 1920s-Era State Song Is Nakedly Racist

After nearly a century, is this the year “Oregon, My Oregon” will finally get a rewrite?

10/05/2020 By Gabriel Granillo and Julia Silverman

Local Libations

Here Are the Wines and Wine Shops Keeping Us Saturated in These Trying Times

Raise a glass to the bottle shops, tasting rooms, and corner stores, with everything from hot new discoveries to “easy drinkers that can ease our reality.”

10/03/2020 By Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Conner Reed

Politics

The November Ballot Is Shorter Than Usual. Here's What's on It.

Portlanders will be asked to weigh in on drug decriminalization, universal preschool, campaign finance reform, and more.

10/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Politics

Coronavirus Killed the Ballot Measure in Oregon

In November, Oregonians will vote on just four statewide measures, the lowest number in 60+ years.

10/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Politics

Here Are the Races We’re Clocking This Election Season

Wheeler vs. Iannarone, Mapps vs. Eudaly, Merkley vs. Perkins, and more.

10/01/2020 By Julia Silverman