This week has been full of ups and downs for us here at the magazine. On Wednesday, Portland Monthly took home four City and Regional Magazine Awards. But it’s also been a very stressful close week, and we’re currently putting our upcoming summer issue to bed. And on top of all of that has been the lingering knowledge that by the end of the week, we’d have to say goodbye to Portland Monthly’s own senior editor Eden Dawn.
Eden has been with the magazine since 2010 as our veteran style editor. She’s produced thousands of articles, pulled together elaborate (and award-winning) fashion shoots, and championed the small businesses, creators, and makers that have helped put Portland on the map.
Unofficially, Eden has also served as what we call the Shenanigans Editor—the person on the editorial staff we could always count on to dole out spontaneous fun exactly when it was needed. No staff happy hour, party, or karaoke night was complete without her. And while those things never showed up in the pages of the magazine or on the website, they were and are a deeply important part of our magazine’s culture.
This week on Footnotes, we wanted to chat with Eden Dawn about her time and accomplishments here at Portland Monthly. And who better to chat it up with her than our own editor in chief Marty Patail, who started working for Portland Monthly about a week after Eden.