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. 

Shopping

9 Portland-Area Malls, Ranked 

Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Bridgeport Village, Clackamas Town Center, Washington Square, and more—which is a mall to rule them all?

05/06/2022 By Shannon Daehnke, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Portlands Best Parks

34 Reasons to Love Portland’s Parks

We crafted a list of parks in Portland to visit if you want to fly a kite, catch some views, spread out a picnic, ride a mountain bike and more!

05/06/2022 With Julia Silverman, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler Illustrations by Anna Rogers

New Normal

Portland's Libraries Are Open Again, But in Person Events Are Slower to Return

At the Multnomah County library, non-virtual programming for ages 0-6 is not likely to resume before fall of 2022.

05/05/2022 By Julia Silverman

Tourism

For Portland's Tourism Industry, Things Are Looking Up—But There's Still A Long Way To Go

At Travel Portland's 'State of the Industry' presentation, data shows that 2021 was better than 2020, but the downtown core remains a sore spot.

05/03/2022 By Julia Silverman

COVID-19

Oregon’s Long-Awaited Digital Vaccine Card is Finally Here

The Oregon Health Authority launched the long-delayed, $2.45 million initiative to little fanfare at the end of April.

04/29/2022 By Fiona McCann and Julia Silverman

Outdoors

91 Minutes to the Top of Mount Hood and Back Down Again

26-year-old ski mountaineer Jack Kuenzle made it to the top of Mount Hood and back down again in 91 minutes.

04/28/2022 By Julia Silverman

Elections

We Read the Voters' Pamphlet so You Don't Have to

Just kidding! You should read it too, but here are some highlights

04/26/2022 By Julia Silverman

Education

At Portland Public Schools, a Budget Debate Is Looming Large

With enrollment on the decline and costs on the rise, the school board weighs cutting teacher positions or tapping the PPS rainy-day fund.

04/22/2022 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

COVID Cases Are Rising Again in Oregon. OHA’s Doctors Say You Shouldn’t Panic.

COVID-19 cases are going up, thanks to the very transmissible omicron subvariant BA2—but the health care system is in better shape this time around.

04/20/2022 By Julia Silverman

Analysis

Oregon Primary Campaign Ads Take Over Your TV

We’ve got the lowdown on some of the prominent ads in rotation as gubernatorial candidates battle for primary wins.

04/19/2022 By Julia Silverman

Winter Sports

Ski Season Isn't Done With Us Yet, Oregon

April's snow showers dumped more than five feet of new powder on Mount Hood and environs—and the wintry weather isn’t done yet.

04/15/2022 By Julia Silverman

Direct Flight

The Nation’s Capital Is Waking Back Up and You Can Get There Nonstop from PDX

Looking to take a trip from Portland to Washington, D.C.? Here's what to do during a long weekend in the nation's capital.

04/14/2022 By Julia Silverman

Politics

It's a Non-Affiliated Voter's World Now—and They Can't Vote in It

The number of voters who aren't affiliated with a political party continue to swell in Oregon. But when it comes to the May 17 primary, they are out of luck.

04/13/2022 By Julia Silverman

Hot Tub Time Machines

Hot Tub Rentals, Delivered to Your Backyard, Are a Thing in Portland Now

Portland Hot Tub Rental delivers personal spa tubs to the backyards of Rose City residents for as little as a week and as long as a month.

04/12/2022 By Julia Silverman

COVID-19

Oregon's Digital Vaccine Card Delayed till End of April

The state is now hoping to launch the optional, voluntary, $2.25 million effort in late April. It was initially set to roll out in early March.

04/07/2022 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate 2022

In Portland, Your Real Estate Agent Might Just Have a Past

Local real estate professionals include a longtime TV news anchor, a former Timbers player, one of the Dandy Warhols, and more.

04/06/2022 By Julia Silverman

Flea Market

The Portland Flea Is Back, and Now It’s Weekly

The city’s signature vintage outdoors marketplace stakes its claim on Sundays, from now through October in the Central Eastside.

03/31/2022 By Julia Silverman

Arts News

A New Old Town Studio Collective Looks to Uplift Artists of Color

Salomée Souag and Anna Barlow are creating a sliding-scale residency space on NW Glisan to fill a community gap.

03/30/2022 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate 2022

Every Neighborhood in Portland in a Nutshell

Your Portland neighborhood guide from Alameda to Woodstock, St. Johns to Sylvan Highlands.

03/30/2022 By Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Feature

Inside the Search for Hundreds of Portland’s Missing Students

When Portland Public Schools’ buildings reopened in September, hundreds of students who should have been there never came back.

03/29/2022 By Julia Silverman Photography by NASHCO PHOTO