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.

Best Bars 2018: Where To...

From Sipping Sake to Swilling with Surfers, a Portland Bar for Every Occasion

Here are nine spots that have nailed a niche.

08/14/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Top Dentists

Portland's Top Dentists 2018

In need of a polish? Here are the metro area's finest specialists, as chosen by their peers.

08/03/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Top Nurses

Portland’s Top Nurse Practitioners 2018

Here are the city’s top NPs, according to their peers.

08/03/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Top Docs

Portland’s Top Doctors 2018

Here are the city’s best doctors, physician assistants, and complementary medicine providers, according to their peers.

08/03/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Education

Private Schools in Portland, by the Numbers

From Montessori to language immersion to faith-based curriculum, local private schools enroll thousands of kids. Here’s a snapshot of the metro area’s specialized education options.

08/03/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2018

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2018: The Suburbs

As Portland’s real estate market fizzles (kinda), the metro area sizzles. Hello, Scappoose—and we see you, Wood Village.

08/03/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Real Estate 2018

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2018: The City

From Alameda to Woodstock, we’ve got the numbers you need to navigate Portland’s real estate market.

08/03/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Local Travel

The Insider’s Weekend Guide to Bend

Head southeast to soak up that glorious sun and splash in the Deschutes.

08/03/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Beach Party!

10 Essential Oregon Beaches, North to South

White sand, wild surf, and, yes, even warm sun: get out there and explore Oregon’s beloved, rugged, completely public coast.

08/03/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Top Dentists

Portland's Top Dentists 2018

In need of a polish? Here are the metro area’s finest specialists, as chosen by their peers.

08/01/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Cowabunga

Rib Eyes, Brunch Bloody Marys, and Sprinklers Made Cowabunga One Endless Summer Party

Our inaugural farm-to-table food fest took over Rossi Farms for a three-day love note to local chefs, farmers, ranchers, and artisans.

07/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Zach Dundas

Travel

Secrets of the North Coast, from Long Beach to Pacific City

Food trails, reclaimed rails, and repurposed old jails: there's plenty new worth discovering on Oregon's northern shores.

07/17/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies Photography by Justin Bailie

Secrets of the North Coast: Trek for Treats

Stock Your Kitchen with These Finds from Oregon's North Coast

Local goods—camembert, oysters, world-class rum—line Highway 101 from Long Beach to Tillamook.

07/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Secrets of the North Coast: Beach Guide

The Essential Guide to Oregon's North Coast

From the Long Beach Peninsula to Pacific City, here are the hot spots and under-the-radar finds to know.

07/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Secrets of the North Coast: Sunrise over Wheeler

Can Oregon's North Coast Switch Up Its Tourism Game?

On our state's shores, tourism is synonymous with summer. These northern communities want to convince you the hotness extends all year.

07/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Mustang Tally

Does Oregon Have Too Many Wild Horses?

The feds think so—and they want Congress to approve a plan to thin the herd.

07/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Top Nurses

Portland's Top Nurse Practitioners 2018

Here are the city's top NPs, according to their peers.

06/21/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies

Medicine

Nurse Practitioners Could Solve Oregon's Primary Care Crisis. Will We Let Them?

Women dominate the increasingly crucial profession. They’ve had to fight for respect.

06/21/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Summer Eats: Sips

Drink These 15 Oregon Quaffs at Your Next Backyard Bash

From a gin gimlet to fermented pineapple wine, here's what to sip all summer long.

06/19/2018 By Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

Travel

Start Your Engines: Detroit Is Just a Five-Hour Direct Flight from Portland

Thought the Motor City had met that great scrapyard in the sky? Nope. This chassis was built to last.

06/19/2018 By Ramona DeNies