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.

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

Pomo Picks

What to Read, Watch, and Listen to to Take Your Mind Off the Apocalypse: Week of May 13

The Portland Monthly staff shares the non-pandemic content getting us through the week.

05/14/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Pulp Nonfiction

We Read the Multnomah County Voters’ Pamphlet So You Don’t Have To

But you’ll want to anyway—for the thrills!

05/02/2020 By Margaret Seiler

House Party

Choose Your Quarantine House, Portland

OK, we’ll do this, too.

04/25/2020 By Margaret Seiler and Portland Monthly Staff

Voting Time

A Handy, Quick Guide to Local Candidates in the May 19 Primary

Coronavirus hasn't canceled the upcoming vote.

04/24/2020 By Margaret Seiler and Julia Silverman

Interiors

Local Companies See Interest Surge in Home Office Furniture

When you don’t gotta go to work, work, work, but you gotta put in work, work, work.

04/24/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Politics

With Oregon’s Closed Primaries, Nonaffiliated Voters Have a Much Shorter Ballot

Nearly a million registered voters won’t be able to cast a vote for president or their state rep in May—unless they choose a party by April 28.

04/21/2020 By Margaret Seiler

S’mores Beat

Summer Camp Is in Limbo, Just Like Everything Else

Will it be “Kumbaya” around a virtual campfire this year?

04/14/2020 By Margaret Seiler