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.

Seafood Guide 2019: As Told To

Meet One of the Only Divers Who Harvests Uni from the Oregon Coast

Tim Foley evades sea lions and 12-foot swells while diving for these delicious yet poisonous pincushions.

07/24/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Seafood Guide 2019: Bycatch

Meet Oregon's 12 Tastiest Invasives, Trash Fish, Problem Fish, and Bycatch Finds

Give our hard-working salmon a break, without sacrificing flavor.

07/24/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Smart Mouth

This Pearl District Research Center Pays Cash for Taste Testers

OSU’s Food Innovation Center helps companies like Salt & Straw tweak their recipes.

07/24/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson and Ramona DeNies

Travel

Whidbey Island Is the Restful Eco-Escape You Need

Clustered near Coupeville, Washington, find a fairyland lodge and king-of-the-world bluff walk.

07/24/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Editor's Note

It’s Time For Oregon Seafood Lovers to Break Out of Our Shells

It’s surprisingly easy to make good choices. And by doing so, we boost our coastal fishing industry and our sea-to-table food scene.

07/24/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Summer Beer: Essay

Portland Women Love Craft Beer. Why Doesn’t It Love Them Back?

Brews aren’t just for beardy types, and Beervana—of all places—should know that.

06/25/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Feature

Is Oregon Addicted to the Lottery?

Oregonians forked over $12 billion last year on slim chances to win big. Here’s how our state lottery plans to keep feeding that habit.

06/25/2019 By Ramona DeNies

News

In 1999, a Wolf Named Freedom Came to Oregon. We’re Still Fighting Over Her.

The apex predator is a lightning rod for conservationists and ranchers.

06/25/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Summer Adventures: Under Construction

Some of These 6 Oregon Trails Don’t Exist Yet—But They Will Be Epic

These trails are the future of outdoor adventuring in Oregon.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Community Report

These Are the People Cleaning Up Portland's Homeless Encampments

Central City Concern’s Clean Start employees are uniquely qualified for the job: they used to be homeless, too.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Economy

What Do Minimum Wage Hikes Mean for Portland?

On July 1, we’re halfway through a seven-year stretch of minimum wage increases.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies

News

Are Wildfires Choking Oregon’s High Season?

“Smoke season” is costing us millions in tourism dollars. Some agencies are desperate to cut through the haze—before it’s too late.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Food Events

Vitaly Paley Is Starting a Sustainable Seafood Festival

The first annual confab, developed in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation's Smart Catch program, will happen this June at Headwaters.

05/09/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Hotel News

A Trio of Portlanders Are Transforming a 112-Year-Old Whidbey Island Lodge

The Captain Whidbey is a beloved Puget Sound institution. Its new Portland owners hope to draw both locals and "digital nomads."

04/25/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Homelessness: Viewpoints

What Don't We Understand About Homelessness in Portland?

We spoke to a shelter worker, someone who has lived on our streets, a cop, nonprofit directors, and more to find out.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies

Hotel Hooch

Portland’s New Hotel Bars Want to Be Your Boozy Living Room

Tope, Abigail Hall, and Hey Love are straight-up hospitality-backed thirst-traps.

04/23/2019 By Ramona DeNies

PDX Index

The Numbers on Oregon's New "Rent Control" Measures

Oregon gives the controversial practice a new lease on life.

04/23/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Eat With Your Eyes

First Look: Scotch Lodge, a Swanky Cocktail Cave from Tommy Klus, Opens May 2

The bar "with a scotch problem" will debut with an all-star cast inside the former Biwa space.

04/18/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2019

Portland Real Estate Guide 2019

The essential stats on 125 neighborhoods and suburbs—plus an interview with full-time mascot, part-time realtor Timber Joey

03/26/2019 Edited by Ramona DeNies