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.

crazy enough to work

Oprah & Rosie Endorse Storm Large

Portland singer and newly-minted memoir author gets a national boost from two powerful women.

03/26/2012 By Anne Adams


Loving the Loot

The NW 19th Avenue shop is a welcome addition to Portland’s new design and décor row.

03/26/2012 By Kristin Belz


Tommy Habetz’s Sunday Supper

Tommy Habetz gives us a sneak peak at his new “Jr. Executive Lounge”

03/21/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

garden visits

Daffodil Season

visit Mitsch Novelty Daffodils to see some unique specialty flowers – you only get to do it once a year!

03/20/2012 By Kate Bryant


Carrot Cake to Celebrate College Hoops

Transforming March muddiness into March Madness and an excuse for a party.

03/19/2012 By Kristin Belz

get dirty

Garden Projects for Right Now

spring is near – here’s how to get started in the garden

03/16/2012 By Kate Bryant


St. Patrick’s Soirees

The holiday merriment will flow like Guinness in Portland.

03/14/2012 By Brandy Crowe


Mobiles at Home

In mobiles made by Frazier & Wing, die-cut papers dance in a delightful, delicate balance.

03/12/2012 By Kristin Belz

Beer Bulletin

Truth in Advertising

Trader Joe’s knows how to sell beer.

03/01/2012 By John Chandler

Style Spotlight

Fashionable Paintings

Local artist Sam Roloff uses fashion to inspire his canvas.

02/28/2012 By Eden Dawn


Elegant Spheres of Light

David Trubridge’s nature-inspired pendant lamps hang brightly – especially for 10% off at Vanillawood.

02/27/2012 By Kristin Belz


Eat Beat Weekly Planner

Our digest of Portland’s top upcoming food and drink events, including a Sherry Tasting at Tabla and five year anniversary parties at Biwa and Double Mountai...

02/27/2012 By Allison Jones


Raising the Barre

Barre3’s ballet-Pilates-yoga fusion has attracted some big names—including Louise Ciccone, better known as Madonna.

02/23/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas By Ramona DeNies


New Details on Bamboo Sushi NW

Bamboo Sushi NW will open in May with fresh takes on raw seafood. We caught up with owner Kristofer Lofgren for all the details.

02/22/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Party Pics: Mardi Gras at Irving St. Kitchen

Burlesque dancers! Tarot readings! A whole roasted pig! Eat and drink vicariously through my photos of this annual Pearl District Fat Tuesday party.

02/22/2012 By Allison Jones


Eat Beat Neighborhood News

Top food news stories from around Portland, including the expansion of the Bunk Empire and more details about Duane Sorenson’s next project, Woodsman H...

02/21/2012 By Allison Jones

Market Watch

Magic Mustard

Making your own is not hard, though it is a seedy endeavor.

02/13/2012 By Kristin Belz


Upcoming Events Around the Region



Cult Favorite Chefs Staging 10-seat Dinners

Podhah’s Rodney Muirhead and food-cart star Nong are among the cast of chefs lined up for an intimate dinner series at Robert Reynolds Chef Studio.

02/08/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


The Ultimate Guide to Valentine’s Day Deals at Portland Hotels

Local hotels roll out the romance with Valentine’s Day packages that include champagne, dinner, chocolate, and more.