News and Travel Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to contribute arts and culture coverage, generate annual research packages (Schools, Real Estate, Top Doctors), and head the magazine’s fact checking department. In 2016, she took on the magazine’s online and print travel coverage; in early 2019, she transitioned to the role of News and Travel Editor—responsible for the magazine’s front-of-book and travel departments.

Ramona was first recognized for her writing chops in 1990, when she won a seventh-grade essay contest. Asked to pick the nation’s most pressing issue, Ramona wisely chose inflation (rates promptly fell). She now mostly steers clear of economic forecasting, writing instead about politics, public lands, and travel adventures both luxe and low-brow 

Prior to Portland Monthly, Ramona wrote for a range of nonprofits, planned international events, and directed a venture capital association. She was raised in the Bay Area, Oklahoma, and Kansas, but has called Portland home since 2001. In 2017, Ramona received her MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction from Portland State University. Her graduate thesis subject? Fact-checking, of course.

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 13–16

You'll sound like happy this weekend, with the PDX Synesthesia Festival, Ural Thomas and the Pain, the Stumptown Improv Fest, and the joyous disregard for personal safety at the Adult Soapbox Derby.

08/13/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 6–9

Wilco on the Edgefield lawn, Wicked at the Keller, dancing at Director Park, and everybody, avec bicyclette, soaring across the bridges of Portland.

08/06/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Brandon Staley

BOOKS & TALKS

Anthony Bourdain Roasted Guy Fieri (and Food Allergies) at Portland Tour Stop

On break between seasons of CNN's Parts Unknown, the notorious food personality reveals his secrets (and not-so-secret opinions).

07/30/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do in Portland this Weekend: July 30–Aug 2

From prix fixe to Pickathon, Redbull's Flugtag to the very hairy 48 Hour Film Project, the first weekend of August is proof that summer fun in Portland ain't even close to slowing down.

07/30/2015 By Ramona DeNies

TASTE TEST

One Grocery Aisle Beer to Rule Them All?

Neighborhood stores held a vote, and New Seasons is now gathering your thoughts on the best local beer of the lot—so we tasted them and doled out our own judgements.

07/23/2015 By Ramona DeNies

ALBUM REVIEW

Album Review: C’est Magnifique, Ratatat

The New York duo unleash an earthquake of electropop with their first new album in five years.

07/23/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 23–26

Each week throughout the summer, we’ll share dozens of ways to make the most of your days off! This week: the Portland Geek Olympathon, the Oregon Brewers Festival, Lents Street Fair, and PDX Pop Now!

07/23/2015 By Ramona DeNies

REPORT

Are Lab-Grown Teeth the Key to Dentistry's Future?

With skull scans and DNA checkups, OHSU's dentistry school is making us say "awe."

07/20/2015 By Ramona DeNies

MUSIC

Folk Star Laura Gibson Scores PHAME's Next Musical

The nonprofit celebrating actors with developmental disabilities gets some fresh tunes for their next production, Up the Fall.

07/20/2015 By Ramona DeNies

HAPPY TRAILS

Hiking and Biking in the Portland Metro Area

No time for a weekend away? Explore the adventures in your own backyard.

07/20/2015 By Margaret Seiler and Ramona DeNies

COMEDY

Jim Gaffigan, Portland, and Food: a Love Story?

Six reasons why TV's king of clean comedy will find Portland a tasty stay.

07/16/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 16–19

This weekend, we're laffin' with Jim Gaffigan, rocking with Badbadnotgood (and Blondie!), getting Zen with zines, and going Psycho on Gus Van Sant.

07/16/2015 By Ramona DeNies

BIG PICTURE

Vintage Bodybuilder Photos at SE Division's Loprinzi's

Get inspired by oiled-up musclemen of years gone by.

07/13/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 9–12

Tanlines, Marc Maron, the Decemberists with Calexico, Helen Mirren, AND the World Domination Summit? A weekend of such heavy hitters surely calls for a nice crisp pint of lager. You're in luck, Portland!

07/09/2015 By Ramona DeNies

BEER

Here's What to Drink at LagerFest This Weekend

LagerFest is tapping 50 golden, ambrosial beers this weekend. Here are six Oregon pints we can't wait to sip.

07/09/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 2–5

This weekend, we only want to see you in the Purple Rain. Ok, not true—let's also meet up at First Thursday, the Waterfront Blues Fest, and the Portland Cello Project's (free!) outdoor show.

07/01/2015 By Ramona DeNies

Free Guide

20 Absolutely FREE Things to Do in PDX This Summer

We keep you entertained through Labor Day, all without leaving the city—or spending a cent.

07/01/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 25–28

Eddie Izzard. Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss. The World Naked Bike Ride and Astor Piazzolla's fiery tango. Pretty much, this is the summer weekend to get loud (Quiet Music Festival excepted—shh!)

06/25/2015 By Ramona DeNies

MUSIC FESTIVAL

What the Festival Through the Eyes of Top Chef Gregory Gourdet

Portland's celeb-u-chef took a break from Departure last weekend to unwind at What the Festival. We hack his photo stream—and ask for details.

06/24/2015 By Ramona DeNies

BEST BEER

Know Your Hops: A Guide for Aspiring Beer Snobs

Mosaic, citra, or warrior hops? Learn the difference and take your beer know-how to the next level.

06/22/2015 By Ramona DeNies