About Mark Ellis

Portland journalist and writer Mark Ellis is the author of  Ladder Memory: Stories from the Painting Trade

Johnny Winter and the 1960’s Blues Resurgence

A tribute to Johnny Winter by Mark Ellis.

Dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Here Are Your Next Two Inductees

KISS finally got the nod. Who should be next? Mark Ellis has a couple of suggestions.

Aloha, Camelot: Remembering the Day JFK Died

Mark Ellis, en route to Hawaii for a new life with his family, remembers the day the country grieved — and the day it began to heal.


An excerpt from Ladder Memory: Stories from the Painting Trade by Mark Ellis.

Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013

Mark Ellis remembers the groundbreaking singer songwriter of thrash-death-speed metal band Slayer, who passed away earlier this month.

The Earliest Model

Sometimes the scary story turns out to be about compassion.

Video – She’s Had It With Bronco Bama!

Mark Ellis may be a political animal, but he can relate to the little girl in this video who’s tired of “Bronco Bama” and Mitt Romney.

A Painting Refresher

Brush up on the methods for completely covering old paint—and all the safety bases—with veteran housepainter Mark Ellis.

Why She Bought a Gun

After domestic violence ends in a murder-suicide on the police station steps, some women begin to protect themselves and their loved ones with deadly force.

Mitt Romney and The Lower 47

Politically conservative writer Mark Ellis weighs in on Mitt Romney’s “47%” speech, and explains why he thinks the candidate should own that statement instead of trying to make it go away.

How I Learned About Political Correctness — From a Scotsman

Mark Ellis had the icon of a Scotsman appear and disappear in his childhood, and years later wonders if political correctness can obfuscate vital truths.

Conventionally Speaking

Mark Ellis looks back on elections of the past, taking note of the convention that changed him from a Democrat to a Republican.

Fox Central – The Most Powerful Dames in News

Are you a conservative guy looking for the best and brightest women in TV news? Mark Ellis has a quick-referenc guide to the most powerful dames in conservative news.

Top Ten ‘Male Anthem’ Nominees

Mark Ellis ponders what it takes to make a song a true Male Anthem, and lists the 10 he thinks fit the bill.

Death Penalty Now

Mark Ellis believes that in the case of those who sexually abuse or murder children, there should be no mercy for “good behavior,” no cover-ups, and no reassignments.

Fast and Furious – Sympathy for the POTUS?

The timing of the Fast and Furious investigation may be cause for GOP concern.