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.

News

More Oregon Kids Could Soon Be Heading Back to School

Gov. Kate Brown announced new metrics on Friday for school reopening—even as daily case counts hit their highest-ever totals in Oregon.

12:08pm By Julia Silverman

Camping

Hoping to Camp in Oregon State Parks in 2021? You Can’t Book Quite Yet

After COVID cancellations and closures, the state park system is persevering for next year—but needs some time to heal.

10/15/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Cycling

Biketown's All-Electric Fleet and Expanded Area Take Portland’s Bike Share Program to a New Level

Yes, it’s yet another ‘I rode an e-bike for the first time, and it was kind of cool’ story.

10/14/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Election 2020

Play the Multnomah County Voters’ Pamphlet Scavenger Hunt!

Can you find these items in that 120-pager that just dropped?

10/12/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Portland Thorns Face Seattle Saturday in Last Game of 2020

Top of the standings and a grant for Mimi’s Fresh Tees could be on the line.

10/09/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Podcasts

New History Podcast Investigates a Famous Murder in Montana

Portland writer Zach Dundas helped produce Death in the West.

10/06/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Wine Country 2020

These Wine Trips Are Perfect for Fall

Replace those canceled airline flights with wine flights just a short drive from Portland, or even right in town.

10/05/2020 By Jordan Michelman and Margaret Seiler

Q&A

Joel Palmer House’s Pandemic Pivots

For the famed wine country restaurant, the state shutdown came during the slowest season.

10/03/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Q&A

How a Wine Country Wedding Venue Met the Pandemic

At Abbey Road Farm, shrunken guest lists and social distancing cannot stop true love.

10/03/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Local Libations

Here Are the Wines and Wine Shops Keeping Us Saturated in These Trying Times

Raise a glass to the bottle shops, tasting rooms, and corner stores, with everything from hot new discoveries to “easy drinkers that can ease our reality.”

10/03/2020 By Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Conner Reed

Politics

Here's What You Need to Know About Portland's Upcoming Election

Got questions about voting in Oregon? We've got answers.

10/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Portland Thorns Defeat Utah Royals 3–0 in NWSL Fall Series

After a game was postponed due to wildfire smoke, the team played at Providence Park for the first time in 2020, under a blue sky.

09/21/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Air Quality

What’s Canceled, Closed, Postponed, or in Limbo Due to the Oregon Wildfires?

The city itself isn’t burning, but smoke in the air is affecting everything from outdoor movies to dining to sports.

09/10/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Soccer

Portland Thorns Star Tobin Heath Signs with Manchester United

The beloved longtime Thorn and US national team midfielder is hopping across the pond.

09/09/2020 By Margaret Seiler

History

Sad, Bad Times: A Look at the Darker Side of Portland’s Past

Not everything in the Rose City has been rosy.

09/06/2020 By Sam Pape

Tale of the Tots

The 8 Stages of McMenamins

When it comes to Portlanders’ relationship with the brewpub-theater-hotel chain, well, it’s complicated.

09/04/2020 Illustrations by Hawk Krall By Margaret Seiler

Cool for the Summer

A Volunteer-Built ‘Summer Park’ Sprouts in St. Johns

Hay bales, a movie screen, and a silent disco transform a gravel patch while it waits in construction limbo.

08/15/2020 By Margaret Seiler

#VanLife

Rentable Camper Vans and RVs Pick Up New Fans in the Pandemic

Their usual international clients can’t get here, but rental companies are seeing plenty of interest from locals.

08/13/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Politics

Dan Ryan Elected to Portland City Council, Defeating Loretta Smith in Runoff

Unlike Tuesday’s other big winners (Dame, the Timbers, Maya Rudolph), he had to wait a night to confirm the results.

08/12/2020 By Margaret Seiler