Associate Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to generate annual research packages like Top DoctorsSchools, and Real Estate; as well as head the magazine's fact checking 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 crazy kayakers, chef-activists, coastal adventures, and Central Oregon hotshots 

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.

BREAKING NEWS

Next Up for Holdfast: Casual Mondays with Hotshot Barman Adam Robinson

Deadshot at Holdfast—launching July 25—does a 180 on the fine dining concept, with à la carte plates, Asian-inflected drinks, and absolutely no reservations.

06/28/2016 By Ramona DeNies

THE LONG PLAY

PODCAST: Chef Aaron Barnett on Ego, Offal, and the Next Big Threat for Portland Restaurants

The chef of St. Jack and La Moule has spent a decade in Portland, seeing it become a city where "kidneys sell like crack." Now he sees the restaurant world changing around him.

06/27/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BEER ME

Meet Rainier’s First New Beer in 20 Years

A post-Prohibition-style ale bottled in burly pounders? Pale Mountain Ale marks the iconic brewery's return to Washington state after 13 years in SoCal. Tagline: “It’s good to be home.”

06/17/2016 By Ramona DeNies

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 16–19

Avant-garde tap dance, porch music in Irvington, the funniest Canadian you've never heard of, a big-voiced baritone at Revolution Hall, and everything for Pride—the days are long and the weekend is full.

06/16/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Lisa Dunn

BIG IDEAS

Oregon’s Innovators Light Up Tech, Art, Business, History, the Cityscape—and the Future

From vanished ancient coasts to singing buildings to eco-drones, Oregonians break revolutionary ground.

06/13/2016 Edited by Zach Dundas By Benjamin Tepler, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Fiona McCann, Eden Dawn, Chad Walsh, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, and Andrew D'Cruz

BIG IDEAS

Six Oregon-Hatched Ideas That Could Change the World

Eco-drones to avant-garde aerobics, these projects showcase the best of local innovation.

06/13/2016 By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: Seven Essential Outdoor Escapes in Portland

Resplendent picnic views to car-free cycling—lucky for us, natural wonder is always close at hand.

06/13/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BEER ME

Geeks Drinking: It's Portland Beer Week!

Eleven days of wonky workshops, bottle launches, chef collaborations, and really great poster art. So what if it's not technically a week—PBW can take all the time it needs.

06/10/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Lisa Dunn

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 9–12

Funkmasters Ural Thomas and the Pain celebrate their debut LP, Caravan Palace brings electro-swing to the Crystal, Weekend at Bernie's returns to the stage, and Pedalpalooza kicks off a month of bike fun.

06/09/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann

BEER ME

12 New Breweries That Got Us Like OMG

With six open right now—and another six set to launch soon—we are seriously about to lose control. (And we definitely like it.)

06/02/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 2–5

Hot, hot, hot. Yes, the weather. But also the weekend, stacked with comedy, Afro-Caribbean dance music, murderous barbers, make-believe islands, and nuclear photography.

06/02/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Kailla Coomes

AIRPORT LOVE

British Invasion? Delta to Launch Nonstop PDX Flight to London

This time next year, PDX's largest global carrier will debut a red-eye flight to Heathrow.

06/01/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BEER ME

Portland’s 12 Best Soccer Bars We'll Be Rocking All through June

Two big-deal international tournaments mean major day-drinking (and, uh, soccer-watching) opportunities.

05/27/2016 By Marty Patail and Ramona DeNies

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 26–29

Sticking around town for Memorial Day? Fill your weekend with Chelsea Wolfe's goth-folk, books about pit bulls, last-chance gallery exhibits, and a Prince double feature.

05/26/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Ramona DeNies

THE BIG CATCH

You Should Be Eating More Amazing Oregon Fish

Oregon’s coastal waters teem with unique seafood. So why isn’t it ending up in our restaurants?

05/23/2016 By Ramona DeNies

GO FISH!

Essential Oregon Ocean Adventures

Crabbing to clamming to charter fishing, here are three must-do ocean escapades.

05/19/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Kelly Clarke

CHARTER FISHING

A Luxe Charter-Fishing Trip Puts Oregon’s Seafood Bounty at Your Fingertips

No angling skills? No problem. Reel in all the good stuff from a charter vessel.

05/19/2016 By Ramona DeNies

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 19–22

QDoc delivers a packed slate of LGBTQ documentaries, soul singer Charles Bradley hits the Crystal, comedian Myq Kaplan heads to Revolution Hall, and an all-star cast takes on A Streetcar Named Desire.

05/19/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

BEER ME

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Beer Smackdown

Omission vs. Groundbreaker vs. Utah-based Uinta. We ranked these beers from best to worst.

05/18/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

FREE STUFF

20 Totally FREE Ways to Make This Your Best Portland Summer Ever

Leaving town this summer? Well, OK. But you're gonna miss all this free stuff—from a Nu Shooz show to JAW's three new plays to an actual screening of Jaws (plus so much more).

05/17/2016 By Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Molly Woodstock