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.


Songbird: Mt Tabor’s Newest Perch

Judy Sleavin and Peter Niland put a bird on it with their new Southeast Belmont neighborhood eatery, complete with pastries, happy hour cocktails, and fresh ...

07/16/2012 By Allison Jones


More than Moody Blues

Cloth & Goods is a lovely new online (and NW Portland) shop for the pure shades produced by the magical indigo plant.

07/14/2012 By Kristin Belz


Inside Marco Frattaroli’s Cibo, Now Open

Southeast Division’s neighborhood pizzeria Cibo debuted this week, featuring an eclectic design and traditional menu from the chef/owner of Portland It...

07/06/2012 By Allison Jones


Oregon’s Best Wines: Call for Submissions

We’re looking for the 50 best wines in Oregon, but before our expert panel’s blind tasting can commence, we need your help!

06/21/2012 By Allison Jones

pollinator conservation

Three Ways To Help Pollinators in Your Garden

06/20/2012 By Kate Bryant


Opening Day at Bowery Bagels

Portland’s own New York Style bagelry has opened its doors on Northwest Broadway, complete with tile mosaics and boiled bagels with that unmistakable c...

06/19/2012 By Allison Jones

things to do

Garden Conservancy Open Garden Days

Five gardens in the Hillsboro/Aloha area open Sat June 23rd

06/15/2012 By Kate Bryant

In Memorium

RIP Sean Roberts

Bassist and singer for 90s band Thirty-Ought Six passes away.

06/11/2012 By John Chandler

madcap maestro

Live Show Review: Reggie Watts Spouts Off

At the Crystal Ballroom last weekend, and about to begin appearing regularly on a TV show, eccentric Seattle comedian/musician Reggie Watts was in rare (but ...

06/06/2012 By Sara Gates

Brand Spankin' New

Baker City Gets a New Brew Pub

After a year of waiting for the ink to dry on city permits, Bull Ridge Brew Pub finally gets the green light to release its house-brewed beers.



Portland Food Carts Get Star Treatment from Saveur

The June/July issue of Saveur magazine features an epic sixteen-page spread devoted to Portland’s premier food carts, including juicy photos, recipes, ...

06/04/2012 By Allison Jones

Product Pick

The Good Book

Looking for something for Dad? How about this.

05/30/2012 By Eden Dawn

Insider's Guide to the Gorge

Wineries Worth Visiting in the Columbia River Gorge

A panoramic view is even better with a fine wine to accompany it.

05/25/2012 By Kasey Cordell Edited by Ramona DeNies

Insider's Guide to the Gorge

Where to Stay in the Columbia River Gorge

Adventure begins (and ends) at these hotels, inns, and B&Bs.

05/25/2012 By Kasey Cordell Edited by Ramona DeNies

Insider's Guide to the Gorge

Where to Eat in the Columbia River Gorge

Rest assured that beer, burgers, coffee, and pizza are readily available to hungry Gorge explorers.

05/25/2012 By Kasey Cordell Edited by Ramona DeNies

Insider's Guide to the Gorge

Where to Hike in the Columbia River Gorge

The less-traveled path often yields the most spectacular vistas.

05/25/2012 By Kasey Cordell Edited by Ramona DeNies


Visit Tigard to Earn 20,000 Free Air Miles

Score 20,000 air miles from Spirit Airlines today at Tigard’s Azumano Travel.



Riffle NW Makes a Splash

The Pearl District’s new "catch-inspired" eatery celebrates their opening this week with craft cocktails, seafood-friendly wine, and artful d...

05/18/2012 By Allison Jones

album of the week

Listen to What Hearts Debut Album

Hear the album now on OPB , and plan to see them at Mississippi Studios on Sunday!

05/17/2012 By Anne Adams