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.

Little Joys of Summer

Walk This Way toward Your Own Personal Portland Scavenger Hunt

Neighborhood walks aren't canceled this year, so add these spots to your route and explore the city.

08/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler Photography by Mike Novak

Trailer Lark

Social Distancing Was Already a Selling Point for Getaway House

Units come with everything you need to get away and stay away. But pro tip: BYO coffeemaker.

08/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Portland Protest History

Remembering the #ShellNo Protest 5 Years Later

Activists dangled from the St. Johns Bridge to put themselves in the way of an Arctic-bound oil drilling support vessel.

07/31/2020 By Steve Nichols

How We’re Coping

Masks. Distancing. How Does a Facepainter Meet a Pandemic?

With outdoor events canceled and birthday parties feeling too risky, Mystique’s Fancy Faces owner Celese Williams is sharing her craft online.

07/31/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Top Doctors, Nurses & More

Portland Monthly’s Annual Medical Provider Surveys Are Open Now till August 31

MDs, PAs, RNs, DPMs, DOs, NDs, PTs, LMTs, LCSWs, CMHCs, LAcs, and other providers, it’s time to nominate your peers!

07/29/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Protest Geography

A Guide to the Buildings around the Main Portland Protests

Justice means jail, federal means fenced, and parks used to be single-sex.

07/23/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Airport News

Expanded Concourse E Opens at Portland International Airport

Kites, curds, and classic carpet await at PDX—for those who are traveling again.

07/18/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Business

Doctors, Doughnuts, Sawmills, and New Car Dealers: Who Got Big PPP Loans in Oregon

More than 1,000 businesses in the state got $1 million or more.

07/07/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Pandemic Sports

Soccer’s NWSL Challenge Cup Is Downright Binge-Worthy

This tournament has everything! And it’s easy to catch up on the action so far.

07/07/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Sports

Saturday’s Portland Thorns Game Is Set to Kick Off the Return of Pro Sports in the US

Tobin Heath has opted out of the Challenge Cup, and the Orlando Pride will not attend after multiple players test positive for COVID-19.

06/23/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Outdoors

Going Camping in Oregon in the COVID Era? Plan Ahead.

As Portlanders head for the hills, they’ll find a patchwork of campground closures and limited services.

06/19/2020 By Margaret Seiler

COVID-Era Sports

The Winterhawks Wait, the Hops Hope, and the Pickles Get Ready to Play

Local minor league and amateur teams still face uncertainty, but baseball is back on this summer with the Wild Wild West League.

06/14/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Sports

The Portland Thorns Will Open Their 2020 Season on June 27

With the Challenge Cup, the National Women’s Soccer League is scheduled to be the first US major league to return to play.

06/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Tie Fighter

Our State Epidemiologist’s Bow Ties Are Unsung Heroes of Oregon’s Pandemic Response

“If you can have something that brings a smile to your face, that helps,” says Dr. Dean Sidelinger.

06/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Nostalgia

Today’s Internet Artifact Is This 20-Year-Old ‘Portland Mercury’ Music Calendar

Some musicians have died, some have retired, and some would still have gigs this week if not for COVID-19.

05/30/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Dream Team

Which Portland Thorn Should Biden Pick for Vice President?

Any of them would make a solid running mate, really, but here’s a shortlist.

05/29/2020 By Margaret Seiler

How We’re Coping

This LaurelThirst Co-Owner Has Swapped Pub Life for a Grocery Delivery Van

Musicians know how to show up on time, says Lewi Longmire, and they definitely know how to pack a van.

05/25/2020 By Margaret Seiler

How We’re Coping

After a Health Scare, This Portland Tailor Is Sewing Again

‘When you sew, you can always find some work, even in the worst pandemics,’ says Earl Marson.

05/22/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Politics

7 Takeaways from Oregon’s Pandemic Primary

What to know about the biggest races

05/19/2020 By Julia Silverman

Election 2020

Multnomah County’s Next District Attorney Got a John Legend Bump on Election Eve

The singer and criminal justice reform advocate endorsed Barack Obama in ’08 and Mike Schmidt in ’20.

05/19/2020 By Margaret Seiler