Managing Editor

Also the magazine's copy editor, Margaret Seiler makes sure the stories in Portland Monthly are clear, readable, and grammatically correct. When she’s not editing other people’s stories, she occasionally writes about food and drink, raising kids in Portland, and her hobby of extreme transit. She’s also a bar trivia host.

Always an indecisive student, Margaret has a degree in English and mathematics from Amherst College and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from Portland State University. The native Kentuckian landed in Oregon after youth-hostelling her way around the continent (before cell phones!) and worked at Willamette Week and the Portland Tribune before joining Portland Monthly in 2010. She lives in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood with her brewer husband and their two children.

Chocolate

What It’s Like to Drive a Truck Full of Chocolate from Texas to Portland

The open road. A truck. A mission. And coolers packed with “slave-free" chocolate.

04/30/2019 By Margaret Seiler

The Oregon Woman 2019

6 Amazing Oregon Women-Led Projects

From serious documentaries to full-contact football to sex education, here are six local projects changing the game.

04/23/2019 By Sarah Mirk, Margaret Seiler, Ryan Ashby, Kelly Clarke, and Rebecca Jacobson

Homelessness: Neighborhood

How One North Portland Neighborhood Is a Microcosm of Our Homelessness Problem

When it comes to the encampment-dotted Peninsula Crossing Trail, neighbors want a safe space; homeless Portlanders want the same thing.

04/23/2019 By Sam Pape

Homelessness: Viewpoints

What Don't We Understand About Homelessness in Portland?

We spoke to a shelter worker, someone who has lived on our streets, a cop, nonprofit directors, and more to find out.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies

Development

Portland Meadows Is Closing for Good

Big changes are coming for the historic racetrack, slated to close in June.

03/29/2019 By Jackson Main

Health

The Numbers Behind the Local Measles Outbreak

It's not looking good.

03/26/2019 By Margaret Seiler

TV Legend

Local ‘Jeopardy’ Contestants React to Alex Trebek’s Big News

The longtime host, now fighting cancer, did not want to be asked about his mustache.

03/12/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Spring Road Trips: The South Coast

Head to Oregon's South Coast for Craggy Beaches and Painted Dinosaurs

This is the kid-approved adventure you need (don't worry, grown-ups—we've got beer and soaking tubs for you).

02/26/2019 By Margaret Seiler and Ramona DeNies

Long Story Short

This 93-Year-Old Oregonian Won a Silver Medal at the 1948 Olympics

As a teenager, backstroke champion Suzanne Zimmerman Edwards was part of a legendary group of swimmers at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

02/26/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Strategies

How to Use March Madness to Fight the Patriarchy

Help close the enthusiasm gap with a little (probably illegal) gambling.

02/26/2019 By Margaret Seiler

How to Help

Want to Help Out Kids in Portland Public Schools?

Pay taxes? Check. Want to do even more for schoolkids? Here are some ways to give a little extra.

01/29/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Education

Meet the Longest-Serving Principal in Portland

With Rosa Parks Elementary, Tamala Newsome helped shape a neighborhood.

01/29/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Travel

Get a Sneak Peek at Coos Bay’s ‘Luxury’ RV Park

Bay Point Landing mixes high design with the usual gravel sites and hookups—plus Airstream trailers for rent if you lack your own rolling palace.

01/08/2019 By Margaret Seiler

Editor's Note

An Editor's Life in Letters

A Hollywood marquee, a swaying ladder, and some big hunks of plastic were once part of Portland’s tapestry.

12/21/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Secret City

Hidden Portland

Bizarre museums, secret parks, ghost cinemas: There's so much more to this city than meets the eye.

12/21/2018 Edited by Margaret Seiler

Hidden Portland: Where Is This?

Can You Identify These 12 Portland Sights?

Time to test your knowledge of this city.

12/21/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Hidden Portland: Insider Tips

4 Portlanders Reveal Their Favorite Haunts

From a members-only flower market to an Oregon City burrito joint, here's where these locals like to hang.

12/21/2018 By Margaret Seiler and Eden Dawn

Hidden Portland: Reel Estate

Portland's Forgotten Movie Houses

From downtown's gutted Guild Theatre to NE MLK's Egyptian, what's become of the city's early cinemas?

12/21/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Hidden Portland: Little Lots

A Peek into Portland's Pocket Parks (and Other Wee Wonders)

This city's mini greenspaces are just a stroll away.

12/21/2018 By James Stevens, Margaret Seiler, and Rebecca Jacobson

Hidden Portland: Remember & Celebrate

The Weirdest, Most Wonderful Memorials and Museums in Portland (and Beyond)

Whether you dig planes, trains, or the insane, there's a place for you.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Margaret Seiler, and Allison Place