Margaret Seiler helps keep Portland Monthly clear, readable, and grammatically correct. She also writes about local politicshistory, sports (from the Thorns to Tonya Harding), and her hobby of extreme transit. 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 with her brewer husband and their two children. 

Our Sporting Past

Portland Sports Teams: An Incomplete History

Who remembers the Buckaroos, the Rosebuds, and the Forest Dragons? Here's how Portland eventually got its current pro teams: the Blazers, Timbers, and Thorns.

12/02/2021 By Margaret Seiler

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

Grocery Stores

Every Portland-Area Trader Joe’s, Ranked

The local locations of the California grocery chain vary in size, vibe, art, mascot, and how awful the parking is.

11/19/2021 By Cami Hughes, Margaret Seiler, and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Baseball

Baseball's Portland Pickles Open a Team Store Downtown

Find pickle juice, game-worn jerseys, Dillon bobbleheads, and maybe even Dillon himself at the Pickle Jar.

11/15/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Education

Enrollment at the State's Biggest School District Is Down 4.1 Percent

Kindergarten enrollment stays flat, and the majority at the PPS Online Learning Academy are students of color, according to 2021 data.

11/15/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

National Team Call-Ups and MVP Voting: Big Day for the Thorns

The team faces Chicago in the NWSL semifinal this weekend.

11/09/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Travel

Canada Calling: Our Guide to Adventures Up North

If you feel it's time to dust off your passport and cross borders again, why not start with the closest one?

10/07/2021 Edited by Margaret Seiler

Canada Travel

Bike or Ski the Slopes of Rossland, British Columbia

Rossland, Nelson, and the West Kootenays beckon year-round with trails, history, and ’Roxanne.’

10/07/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Canada Travel

Beers and Beach Walks on Vancouver Island

The number of breweries in British Columbia has exploded in the past decade.

10/07/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Old Portland

That One Time Portland Was in ‘Sassy’ in 1991

30 years ago, teenage girls around the world learned about the Church of Elvis, the Bagdad, and the X-Ray Café.

09/29/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Labor

Thorns Players Join Nabisco Workers on Picket Line

Soccer players join striking bakery workers in Northeast Portland.

09/14/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Airports

PDX Reclaims Title of Best US Airport

'Travel & Leisure' puts Portland back at the top for domestic airports.

09/09/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Wine

10 Unmissable Portland Urban Wineries and Tasting Rooms

From garage chic to airy warehouses, Nordic notes to wacky earth-mother vibes, here are our favorites.

09/09/2021 Edited by By Fiona McCann With Gabriel Granillo, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Politics

Why Doesn’t Oregon Have a Lieutenant Governor?

We’re one of only five states without the title that led to Kathy Hochul's taking Andrew Cuomo's former office this week.

08/24/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Portland Thorns' Bella Bixby Talks Home Teams and Representation

The team's keeper made her Providence Park home debut this summer, but she's been around these parts for a lot longer .

08/20/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Bars & Nightlife

3 Outdoor Pop-Up Bars to Try Before Summer Ends

Drink in a parking lot, a driveway, or a hop field.

08/20/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Eat This Now

11 Breakfast Sandwiches to Get You out of Bed

Start your day off with one of these delights between bread.

08/20/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Conner Reed, Julia Silverman, and Margaret Seiler

Sports

The Women’s International Champions Cup Aims to Crown the ‘World’s Best Club’

Some familiar faces are headed back to Providence Park when the Thorns host Houston, Bayern-Munich, and Lyon.

08/14/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Beer Festivals

PickleFest Brings Beer & Baseball Together

Level, Away Days, Modern Times, and other breweries join the Gherkins and Rosebuds for a doubleheader.

08/06/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Olympics

Already the GOAT, Christine Sinclair Wins Olympic Gold with Canada

The Portland Thorns captain and former Pilot was already the GOAT.

08/06/2021 By Margaret Seiler