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.

FEEL GOOD FREEBIES

PDX Chefs Serve Soup for the Soul

Eat Beat’s snagged a pair tickets to Transition Project’s Soup for the Soul Event featuring Portland’s top chefs—and we’re just...

02/06/2012 By Allison Jones

MENU WATCH

Departure’s Vegan Menu

Chef Gregory Gourdet puts a animal-free spin on his Asian-inspired cuisine with the debut of a plant-based menu. The result? A true departure from typical ve...

01/27/2012 By Allison Jones

last chance to see

Interior Margins at the Lumber Room

Exhibition closes Monday, Jan 30.

01/26/2012 By Aaron Scott

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

UPDATE: Christopher Israel’s New Mexican Restaurant

ChefStable teams up with one of the city’s top chefs for an exciting downtown project.

01/24/2012 By Karen Brooks

INTERVIEW

5 Questions for Blue Collar Baking’s Warren Becker

With a new sweet shop in the works across the street from SW Third’s Stumptown, this passionate baker is set to bring simplicity back to Portland&rsquo...

01/20/2012 By Allison Jones

DATE NIGHT CONFIDENTIAL

Sexy Southern Fare at Acadia

This neighborhood favorite is a gem in NE Fremont’s adorable main drag, serving up New Orleans-inspired fare with a seasonal twist and plenty of romance.

01/20/2012 By Allison Jones

plant of the week

Mahonia Mania!

a brilliant dose of sunshine during the grayest months

01/17/2012 By Kate Bryant

Out and About

Portland Tour of Remodeled Homes

Doors open up March 10-11 to real-life examples of ways to make the most of your house.

01/15/2012 By Kristin Belz

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Strong Oregon Showing at the 2012 Good Food Awards

Portland artisans made a strong showing among the finalists for the annual artisan food awards. Winners will be announced today!

01/13/2012 By Allison Jones

Product Pick

Python Rib Jewelry Anyone?

Mississippi shop Paxton Gate has some eerie accessories.

01/12/2012 By Eden Dawn

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine

Veteran chef Pascal Sauton brings French comfort, great baking, curated ingredients, and spontaneous evenings to Clackamas country.

01/11/2012 By Karen Brooks

HOMETOWN PRIDE

PDX vs KC in 2012? It’s ON.

Looks like James Oseland wants to stir up some rivalry between PDX and—of all places—Kansas City by declaring the latter the rising food city of ...

01/09/2012 By Allison Jones

Beer Bulletin

Worst Beer in the World

Ratebeer.com lists 50 bogus brews

01/09/2012 By John Chandler

play it cool

Review: West Side Story

01/05/2012 By Anne Adams

Master Class

Jefferson's Living Laboratory

Thomas Jefferson’s home was a place for his continual experiments in house and garden.

01/01/2012 By Kristin Belz

OPENING WATCH

First Look: Sizzle Pie West, Open NYE

Eat Beat snagged the first look at the second location of Burnside’s late-night rock-and-roll pizza joint, opening New Years Eve with champagne and a s...

12/30/2011 By Allison Jones

OPENING WEEK

Look Inside Kim Boyce’s Bakeshop, Now Open

Eat Beat’s got the first look inside pastry queen Kim Boyce’s new NE Portland sweet stop Bakeshop, complete with apple hand pies, figgy scones, a...

12/29/2011 By Allison Jones

OPENING REPORT

First Look: The Box Social

This North Williams cocktail lounge is mixing up creative drinks and simple snacks in a romantic, modern space—without an attitude.

12/27/2011 By Allison Jones

Rainmaker

Mobile Mappers

Feeling lost at Powell's or the Portland Art Museum? There's an app for that.

12/23/2011 By Ramona DeNies