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. 

Weather

Here Comes The Snow (And Way Colder Temperatures, Too)

Winter weather is in the forecast for Portland. Here's what to know before it sets in.

12/22/2021 By Julia Silverman and Dalila Brent

Politics

Decision Time: What to Know about Oregon's 2022 Elections

Get ready for a new congressional district, no incumbent for governor, Portland city charter reform, and some generational turnover.

12/22/2021 By Julia Silverman Illustrations by Martin Gee

Shopping

Cigars to Light Bulbs, We Love These Portland Retail Classics

Some of the shops we’ve come to rely on, whether they’ve been around a decade or a century

12/20/2021 By Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week, December 20–26

Omicron cometh, get your booster shot, and a compromise on school schedules

12/20/2021 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Omicron Has Arrived. Here's How Oregon's Responding.

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday outlined a big campaign to persuade residents to get booster shots to combat the fast-moving variant.

12/17/2021 By Julia Silverman

Cafes & Chocolate

Portland's 7 Belly-Warmingest Hot Chocolates

From classic milk chocolate to peppermint to snickerdoodle, here are the best hot chocolates to get you through the winter.

12/17/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Dalila Brent, Fiona McCann, Gabriel Granillo, Cami Hughes, Julia Silverman, and Karen Brooks

Portland Business

Schoolhouse's Portland-Made Home Goods Are Getting a Bigger Spotlight

The Portland-based company is teaming up with NYC's Food52, and plans to expand its design and manufacturing work.

12/16/2021 With Julia Silverman

Whatever Happened To...

A Public Market in Portland? Its Backers Say That's Still the Plan

The long-proposed James Beard Public Market never found to find the right location, even as food cart pods, farmers markets and more bloomed around the city. Will 2022 be its year?

12/14/2021 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch, December 13–19

A special session in Salem, the race to replace DeFazio, and more

12/13/2021 By Julia Silverman

Politics

Let’s Follow the Money in the Oregon Governor’s Race, Shall We?

State. Sen Betsy Johnson has a comfortable fundraising lead ... for now.

12/10/2021 By Julia Silverman

Year in Review

The Best Oregon-Made Movies, Books, Music & Art of 2021

From Shrill’s finale to Third Angle's Sanctuaries to Nicolas Cage's Pig, it was quite a year.

12/08/2021 By Conner Reed, Julia Silverman, and Fiona McCann

Q+A

Oregon Clinics Are Bracing for the Supreme Court's Ruling on Roe v. Wade

The Lilith Clinic's Dr. Charlie Browne on getting ready to help women from the Midwest and the South, and why second-trimester care is so important.

12/07/2021 By Julia Silverman

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories To Watch: December 6-12

Snow in the mountains, a new GM for the Blazers, and cutbacks at TriMet

12/06/2021 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Zillow Offers Flamed Out, but iBuying Isn’t Going Away in Portland

Opendoor and RedfinNow say they are ready to fill the homebuying gap.

12/03/2021 By Julia Silverman

Coronavirus

Oregon Is Getting Ready to Debut a Digital Vaccine Card

Use of the proof-of-vaccination card will be voluntary and optional, and there are no plans for a statewide vaccine passport requirement, officials say.

12/02/2021 By Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Dear Judge: A Love Letter about Real Estate Love Letters

Unpacking the legal twists and turns over the state's first-in-the-nation ban on letters from prospective homebuyers

12/01/2021 By Julia Silverman

Light a Fire

How 4 Nonprofits Stepped Up in the Pandemic

Vaccine clinics, mental health hotlines, hot meals, business support—these groups got help to those who most needed it.

11/30/2021 By Julia Silverman and Margaret Seiler

News You Can Use

5 Oregon Stories to Watch This Week, November 29–December 4

A big vote for Vacasa, more turmoil for the Newberg School Board, and what of the Omicron variant?

11/29/2021 By Julia Silverman

Health

Build a DIY Indoor Air Purifier

An easy step-by-step guide to building your own (hatched-in-Portland) Corsi box air purifier.

11/25/2021 By Julia Silverman Illustrations by michael novak

Health

Why Do Some People Get Long COVID? And What Does Recovery Look Like?

Long COVID isn’t yet well understood—but Oregon doctors, researchers, and long haulers themselves are trying to figure it out.

11/24/2021 By Julia Silverman