Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. Among his many other duties things, he writes the monthly backpage column, The Shakedown.

Born and raised in Germany as a Burmese-American—confusing, we know!—Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 after a stop in Los Angeles. He completed an MA in History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him producing weird electronic music, cooking, or standing in the Timbers Army. 

TRAVEL NEWS

Around the World in 5 Stories: Feb 2, 2015

A round up of international travel news, including Tinder-to-go, a travel hacking guide from Kayak, and a wonky FAA policy change you need to know about.

02/02/2015 By Marty Patail

WE ASKED, YOU OVERSHARED

Portlanders Share Stories of Their Worst Dates Ever

If you think Valentine's Day is hellish, at least you can be glad you're not going out with these romantic offenders.

02/02/2015 Edited by Marty Patail

TRAVEL NEWS

Check Out the New Spa at Sou'Wester Lodge

The beloved Seaview, WA trailer resort gets a fancy new garden spa and Finnish sauna.

01/30/2015 By Marty Patail

TOP SCHOOLS 2015

Ranking Portland's Best Schools

We compare 596 public and private schools around the Portland metro area to see how your child's education measures up.

01/28/2015 Edited by Zach Dundas, Ramona DeNies, and Marty Patail

VIDEO GAMES

A Portland-Perth Collaboration Yields New Space Game

Retro adventure game Space Age was four years and two continents in the making.

01/26/2015 By Marty Patail

TRAVEL NEWS

Around the World in 5 Stories

A round up of international travel news, including the latest on Cuba, taking advantage of a strong US dollar, and the rise (again) of travel agents.

01/22/2015 By Marty Patail

TECH

Techtown Portland Aims to Lure Nation's Talent

The group's slick new promotional video seeks to bring more tech talent to Portland's thriving startup scene.

01/22/2015 By Marty Patail

JUST BECAUSE

Yes, It's Come to This: The PDX Airport Carpet IPA

Rogue Ales pays homage to Portland's greatest rug.

01/14/2015 By Marty Patail

TOP DOCS

Portland's Top Doctors and Nurses 2015

This year, we tallied nearly 14,000 votes from doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and complementary medicine practitioners to find the city's best.

01/05/2015 Edited by Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

REPORT

How Will Portland Fare in a Future of Climate Change?

As our leaders prepare for a steamy future, Portland could still get off easy.

01/05/2015 By Marty Patail

VOX POPULI

What Portlanders Really Think About Money

We asked 800 of our readers about money. Here's what we discovered.

01/05/2015 By Marty Patail

THE MONEY ISSUE

Who Let the Doge Out?

Mining for millions (or ... not) with the world’s most adorable cryptocurrency

01/05/2015 By Marty Patail

THE MONEY ISSUE

One Portland Design Firm Weaves Success From Chaos—Here's How

Industry’s Oved Valadez on how his design firm's hyper-collaborative anti-hierarchy works

01/05/2015 By Marty Patail

THE MONEY ISSUE

Inside the Mind of A Portland Angel Investor

Venture capitalist Eric Rosenfeld talks about our start-up scene, where the money is coming from, and how Portland can cash in even more.

01/05/2015 By Marty Patail

HOMETEAM ADVANTAGE

Break a Sweat Like Portland's Top Athletes

From rugby to ice hockey to Mixed martial arts, we work out with some of the city’s most impressive athletes to find out what makes them tick, how they stay fit, and how you can get in on the action.

12/31/2014 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Allison Jones and Marty Patail

TRAVEL DEALS

The Allison Inn and Spa to Host Cuvée Weekends

The luxury Willamette Valley resort will host a Spring celebration of Oregon's bounty.

12/26/2014 By Marty Patail

TRAVEL NEWS

Around the World in 4 Stories

Our roundup of international travel news, including tips from the CIA, a swanky new Airbus jet, and sexy travel gifts.

12/24/2014 By Marty Patail

TAKE FLIGHT

Nation's Tallest Cuckoo Clock Now at Portland Airport

Tick tock on the clock.

12/23/2014 By Marty Patail

TELEVISION

Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen Grab Coffee in Portland

The Portland episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premiered today. It's awkward, it's funny, and it's worth a watch.

12/04/2014 By Marty Patail

NEWS

Starbucks Launches Mobile Ordering System in Portland

The coffee giant's iPhone ordering system is rolling out in Portland starting today.

12/03/2014 By Marty Patail