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.

Out and About

Taking Time to Measure Up

Evaluating our green building efforts, PSU helps us ask how we’re doing so far.

05/07/2012 By Kristin Belz


Crème Brulee Beignets at Boke Bowl

A ramen house serves a blow-torched beauty from pop-up shop Donut-O-Rama

05/02/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Morso Opens in the Pearl

Long-time Bluehour chef Kenny Giambalvo shares the story behind his new casual Italian eatery Morso, celebrating its Grand Opening today in the Pearl District.

05/02/2012 By Allison Jones

resisting the doctors orders

Review: Next to Normal

Artists Repertory’s production of the hit musical about overmedication felt like it’s on too much Prozac. Thru June 3

05/01/2012 By Aaron Scott

a democratic dictatorship

Vote for Portland’s Maker Overlord

05/01/2012 By Aaron Scott


Salt & Straw Debuts on NW 23rd

The second location of Kim Malek’s nationally-recognized ice cream shop has opened its doors to the cone-craving public, complete with one-of-a-kind la...

04/27/2012 By Allison Jones


Free This Week: National Parks!

In honor of National Park Week, April 21–29, entrance to national parks is free now through Sunday.



Indulge in Astoria’s Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival

Fresh dungeness crab, live music, craft beer, and Northwest wines? Yes, please. Get your fill this weekend in Astoria.


Gift Giving

Prints of the City

Indulge in affordable art as graduation and wedding gifts this spring.

04/22/2012 By Kristin Belz


Inside Ox Restaurant

Chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñonez Denton have opened the doors of their hotly-anticipated Argentine-inspired restaurant Ox, and we’ve got the ph...

04/19/2012 By Allison Jones

last laugh

Post-Bridgetown Podcasts

So the big comedy fest is over. You can still relive it online! by Sara Gates

04/17/2012 By Anne Adams

Free for All

Brits Bring the Green

English architect/academics Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till guest star this week in two free lectures at PSU.

04/15/2012 By Kristin Belz


Opening Day: Caffe Vita

Seattle import Caffe Vita has launched a second Portland location on SW 3rd and Ankeny, adding some caffeine to the stretch of car-free restaurants and bars ...

04/13/2012 By Allison Jones

break out your calendars

The 2012/2013 Season(s) Announced!

04/12/2012 By Aaron Scott

Deals & Happenings

Spring Deals and April Events

Huge hotel deals, a tasteful (and tasty) Titantic 100th anniversary commemoration, the final weeks of Woodburn’s Tulip Festival, and more


gallery grazing

First Thursday Sampler

04/05/2012 By Aaron Scott

Passing Thru

The Importance of Being Ernest Borgnine

Oscar winner gets a cinematic salute at NW Film Center tonight

04/05/2012 By John Chandler

Beauty Beat

Bee Crow Bee Bath & Beauty Products

An Oregon based company that’ll have you running to your bathtub.

04/05/2012 By Eden Dawn


5 Questions for Smallwares’ Johanna Ware

A few months into solo restaurant ownership, Ware shares the hit dishes of her Beaumont eatery and gets us excited about the upcoming opening of barware, sma...

04/03/2012 By Allison Jones


Puccia at Oven & Shaker

Cathy Whims’s wood-fired sandwiches heat up the downtown lunch competition.

03/28/2012 By Benjamin Tepler