Executive Editor

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, as well as the design-focused Lookbook blog. In 2013, his work for the magazine landed a trio of Society of Professional Journalists awards. Along with Rachel Ritchie, he manages the editorial department—or it manages him.

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.


Message in a Bottle

Does wine always tell a story? Sure. But more important, I’ve learned, it always gives you a story to tell.

10/01/2013 By Zach Dundas


OMSI Recreates Sherlock Holmes's HQ

This month, OMSI debuts a touring exhibition exploring the science and history behind fiction's greatest detective. What goes into the show's full-scale "re-creation" of Sherlock's imaginary headquarters at 221B Baker Street?

10/01/2013 By Zach Dundas


Oregon's Suburban Newspaper Wars

Why the Oregonian and Pamplin Media Group are battling for the burbs—and what that says about the future of hyperlocal print media

10/01/2013 By Zach Dundas and Sam Coggeshall


Welcome to Lookbook!

Our new blog dives into home, fashion, spaces, products, ideas, and more.

09/30/2013 By Zach Dundas


Why Portland's Central Library Matters More than Ever

Multnomah County's downtown landmark celebrates its centennial this month—and sets course for the future.

09/03/2013 By Zach Dundas


Win a VIP Food Road Trip Experience

To celebrate all the culinary goodness that Oregon grows, we're giving away a dreamy trek across the state—plus Feast Portland tickets!

08/13/2013 By Zach Dundas


Portland's Wheelchair Fencing Champion

Who: Leo Curtis, a wounded Iraq War veteran who now pursues global glory on wheels

08/01/2013 By Zach Dundas


Marketing Business-to-Business Tools in Portland

At McClenahan Bruer, Kerry McClenahan masters selling tech to techies.

08/01/2013 By Zach Dundas


Dayna McErlean's Portland Empire

How one woman transforms ramshackle spaces into business dynamos.

07/01/2013 By Zach Dundas


Oregon Beer Guide

Your guide to the best of Oregon craft brewing

07/01/2013 With Christian DeBenedetti, Kasey Cordell, John Chandler, Zach Dundas, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Marty Patail, and Branden Andersen Edited by Rachel Ritchie


The New Wave of Portland Breweries

We know, it’s hard to keep track of the city’s rapidly spawning microbrewery scene. Start with these five standouts.

07/01/2013 By Kasey Cordell, John Chandler, Zach Dundas, Aaron Scott, and Marty Patail


How to Make a Mummy

And why that mummy might explode

06/03/2013 By Zach Dundas


Is Summer Vacation Hurting Portland's Kids?

School performance plummets during the long, hot vacation. Why not kill it?

06/03/2013 By Zach Dundas


Portland Music Festival Field Guide

Be prepared with our Do's and Dont's for the best local music events: Waterfront Blues Festival, PDX Pop Now, and Pickathon.

06/02/2013 By Zach Dundas


Riverfront Property

We've scouted the best locales for weekends at the river, whether you're looking for fly-fishing spots, lazy floating, or white-knuckle rides.

05/01/2013 Edited by Kasey Cordell By Zach Dundas and Marty Patail


Babysitters of the Future

Start-up WeVillage gives modern parents better daycare choices.

05/01/2013 By Zach Dundas


A New Future for Oregon Forests

How innovative loggers and environmental capitalists are redefining timber.

05/01/2013 By Zach Dundas


Trophy Case: May's Best Local Stuff

A Portland-centric art pop-up in New York, Black Prairie's Led Zeppelin cover, and more

05/01/2013 By Zach Dundas


Spring's Best Portland Outdoor and Sports Gear

We explore Portland's booming activewear industry with a look at this season's coolest new gear—and the five best locally designed sports bras.

04/12/2013 By Zach Dundas With Rachel Ritchie and Rachel Rasmussen


Soccer Gala Deep-Dives into the Timbers' History

Hollywood Theatre hosts “Beating Seattle Never Gets Old,” a gala benefit that includes super-fans, the swinging ‘70s, and a soccer barnraising on April 4.

04/02/2013 By Zach Dundas