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.


Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 9–11

First Thursday gets some sun, non-holiday plays finally begin to open at local theaters, and the Crystal Ballroom celebrates 101 years with a free star-studded day, including music by Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes, Stephen Malkmus, and more.

01/08/2015 By Ramona DeNies


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

Dance Review

BodyVox’s 'Firewall' Aims to Burn the Disco Down. Say What?

The theatrical dance company skims the surface of technology with little data but lots of razzle-dazzle. Thru Dec 20

12/09/2014 By Ramona DeNies


Ursula K. Le Guin Burns Down the National Book Awards

The local literary supernova brought the book world to its feet with an acceptance speech that censured Amazon and sparked an international frenzy.

11/20/2014 By Ramona DeNies


New Music Venue to Open at Washington High School: Revolution Hall

Mississippi Studios and the Aladdin Theater are teaming up to open a state-of-the-art, 850-seat venue at the historic SE building.

11/13/2014 By Ramona DeNies


'Bob: A Life in Five Acts' Offers a Wild Ride through All-American Pit Stops

Theatre Vertigo’s ambitious season opener serves up misfits, mayhem, and a side of melodrama. Thru Nov 15

10/21/2014 By Ramona DeNies


River Wild

Elite kayakers take on the Northwest's craziest white water—the raucous Little White Salmon River.

06/03/2013 By Ramona DeNies


Review: Mike Daisey and the Theater of Self-Disclosure

It must be our water: Portland hosts the controversial monologist's world premiere combative non-apology to journalism

05/23/2013 By Ramona DeNies


Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Our digest of Portland’s top upcoming food and drink events, including baking classes at Two Tarts and Ox's first anniversary specials.

04/16/2013 By Allison Jones


Portland News to Chew | March 27

Everything you need to know about this week's Portland food and drink news, including the closing of Alice's Bagels and the debut of Huckleberry Pub.

03/27/2013 By Allison Jones


Tripster: Weekend Plans, February 2013

Bend's endorphin-charged WinterFest, Stout Month in Astoria, and romance packages at Northwest hotels and resorts.

02/13/2013 By Kasey Cordell


25 Portlanders Who Are Changing the World

Meet the idealists, entrepreneurs, organizers, thinkers, and doers who make Portland a capital city of global action.

01/25/2013 Edited by Zach Dundas With Georgia Perry, Ramona DeNies, Robert Ham, Laura Lundberg, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, and Tamara Feingold


Cable Guy

A new leader hauls Warn Industries, the nation’s top winch maker, out of a rut.

01/24/2013 By Ramona DeNies

Out and About

Yo La Tengo, a.k.a. the Buckminster Fuller Band

How often do you go to the movies, hear a live band, and learn about a design visionary all at the same time? Sam Green's "live documentary" at TBA does it all September 12.

09/11/2012 By Kristin Belz

eyes on the black body

TBA Day 3: Christeene Recap + Nora Chipaumire Talk

Christeene sings "African Mayonnaise," and Zimbabwean-born dancer Chipaumire talks about being an African artist, dealing with the black body, and her performance tonight, Miriam.

09/08/2012 By Aaron Scott

no apologies

Interview with TBA's Gender Terrorist Christeene

Austin performer Paul Soileau talks about his booty-bouncing, trash-rapping, grill-wearing, gender queer alter ego who will shake up the Works tonight at 10:30pm.

09/07/2012 By Aaron Scott


The Waiting Game

For one patient embarking on fertility treatments, success. For another, a journey.

09/06/2012 By Ramona DeNies

art is about looking at the world differently...

A Tour of PAM's Ellsworth Kelly/Prints Exhibit with Kelly's Partner

Photographer Jack Shear, Kelly's partner since 1970, gives us a tour of the famed abstract artist's print exhibition at the Portland Art Museum—and shares a few stories along the way.

09/04/2012 By Aaron Scott


Alice's Bagels

Portland’s food cart community enters the bagel fray.

08/29/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Biggest Travel Deals of the Week

Score $150 Flights to LA and a screaming resort, golf and spa deal in Bend

08/29/2012 By Kasey Cordell