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.

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

Hidden Portland: Secret Spots

Portland's Best Basements, Back Rooms, Attics, and Hideaways

Here are some of the city's most out-of-the-way spots to eat, drink, or just be mysterious.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Travel

10 Grand Lodges of the Pacific Northwest

For every season, there’s a dream destination.

11/20/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Auction Alert

Marylhurst Gets Ready to Auction Off 12 Buildings' Worth of Stuff

Kilns, xylophones, globes, Bibles, beakers, midcentury-modern furniture—we can have dibs on some of these, right?

10/19/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Light a Fire 2018: Extraordinary Board Member

Kimberly Howard: Actor, Foundation Leader, Dot Connector

The board member helps Portland Playhouse act on its intentions—and throw a great brunch party.

10/17/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Why You’ll Drop Everything and Watch the Thorns on Saturday

We answer 16 questions Portlanders might have about the NWSL championship game.

09/20/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Instant Karma

How One Portland Hotel Tried—and Failed—to Tame the Wild Influencer

Society Hotel’s Instagram experiment made everyone uneasy.

09/18/2018 By Margaret Seiler