Editor in Chief

Since joining Portland Monthly’s staff in 2010, Zach Dundas has covered amateur rocketry, retro gambling, Oregon’s flexible romantic leanings, and mysterious kebabs, among many other subjects. He edits narrative features and service packages. In 2013, his work for the magazine landed a trio of Society of Professional Journalists awards.

Zach got his journalistic start as the “calendar boy” at Montana’s Missoula Independent before working as a reporter and editor at Willamette Week. These days, he fills his ample free time with contributions to Monocle and other magazines, and is the author of two books, including the forthcoming The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes. He’s got a wife, two kids, and an ailing soccer career.

EDITORS' NOTE

Why EVERY Portland Parent Dreads the Words "Late Start"

When did navigating the schedule of an elementary school become a task that seems to require an advanced degree?

02/02/2015 By Zach Dundas

#OREGONWOMAN

Why Every Successful Business Needs Women

Only 7 percent of venture capital is invested in management teams that include women. Here's why that needs to change.

02/02/2015 By Zach Dundas

SNAPSHOT

That Time Uber Barreled Through Portland

We take a by-the-numbers look at Uber's hit & run with City Hall.

02/02/2015 By Zach Dundas and Catalina Gaitán

TOP SCHOOLS 2015

Ranking Portland's Best Schools

We compare 596 public and private schools around the Portland metro area to see how your child's education measures up.

01/28/2015 Edited by Zach Dundas, Ramona DeNies, and Marty Patail

TOP SCHOOLS 2015

Making a Case for Shop Class in the Twenty-First Century

Dan Ryan—CEO at All Hands Raised, the independent fundraising group for the city’s public education—talks vocational training for the real world.

01/27/2015 By Zach Dundas

THEATER

Three Reasons You Must See ‘Mark Twain Tonight’

Check out Hal Halbrook’s legendary impersonation of the great American writer—or you will be very disappointed in yourself forever.

01/27/2015 By Zach Dundas

URBAN FUTURES

What Will Portland Be Like After a Massive Earthquake?

A bracing preview of how the city will recover from the Cascadia Subduction Zone quake.

01/19/2015 Edited by Zach Dundas

THE MONEY ISSUE

Strike it Rich in Portland—Without Selling Your Soul!

Is Portland still affordable? How can we retire in style? Can you get rich making digital currency in the privacy of your own home? Our jaunt through the city’s financial life reveals all.

01/05/2015 By Zach Dundas

THE MONEY ISSUE

How Portland's 'Publicly Traded Person' Landed a Movie Deal with Jason Bateman

The story behind one Portlander’s decision to sell stock—in himself—lands in Hollywood.

01/05/2015 Illustrations by Michael Novak By Zach Dundas

THE MONEY ISSUE

What the New York Times Got Wrong About Portland

What we talk about when we talk about how the city makes a living

01/05/2015 By Zach Dundas

KID KITS

An Oregon Company’s Totally Rad School Backpacks Will Make You Want to Pack a Lunch

Will Leather’s rugged, pop-colored packs aim to outfit and inspire school kids.

12/15/2014 By Zach Dundas

DRONES!

Five Awesome Videos Document Portland's Drone Revolution

As the state's unmanned aircraft enthusiasts prime for a commercial boom, footage from Portland's skies hint at an exciting, strange future above.

12/04/2014 By Zach Dundas

EDITORS' NOTE

How Winter Separates True Portlanders from the PDX Pretenders

Bring forth what misery you can muster, O Atmosphere! We will treat the cold and wet as yet another excuse to be awesome.

12/01/2014 By Zach Dundas

SHOPPING

Why Cargo Moved its Hoard of Global Designs Across the River

Patty Merrill and Bridgid Blackburn explain their migration from the Pearl to the Central Eastside.

12/01/2014 By Zach Dundas

WINTER BUCKET LIST

A Guide to Northwest Winter Wandering

Plan a perfect day on Mount Hood, layer up for winter biking, or get outta town for a warm-weather escape!

12/01/2014 By Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Benjamin Tepler, Michael Zusman, and Caleb Diehl

WINTER BUCKET LIST

16 Ways to Keep Yourself (and Your Guests) Entertained This Winter

Our guide to Portland's best seasonal shows, winter sports, holiday lights, and after-hours fun

12/01/2014 By Zach Dundas, Aaron Scott, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN

An Ambitious Custom Home in Vancouver (?!) Shows What the 'Burbs Could Be

A Portland firm's bespoke home in Clark County raises the bar for suburban design.

11/24/2014 By Zach Dundas

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Did Ziba Just Reinvent the Postage Stamp?

The legendary Portland firm unveils an experimental meld of mobile apps and snail mail.

11/10/2014 By Zach Dundas

VENTURES

A Forward-Thinking Bank President in the Era of Mobile Deposits

A Wells Fargo president’s journey from the deposits counter to the corner office

11/03/2014 By Zach Dundas

LIGHT A FIRE

Extraordinary Executive Director: Andrew Proctor of Literary Arts

Broadening the diversity and scope of Portland’s literary empire

10/23/2014 By Zach Dundas