Editor in Chief

James Ross Gardner was appointed editor in chief of Seattle Met in May 2014 after eight years as a senior editor at the magazine, where he edited the front-of-the-book news and culture section, Mudroom, oversaw travel coverage, and wrote or edited news features. In addition to hiring and managing staff and shaping the voice, tone, and editorial direction of the magazine and website, James also assigns and edits all longform features.

While at Seattle Met his writing has won 14 first place awards from the regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been a finalist for four national City and Regional Magazine Association awards, winning first place in 2014 for his essay exploring health anxiety in the age of Google. In 2015, under his direction, Seattle Met won the CRMA award for General Excellence in its circulation category.

Before moving to Seattle in 2006, James was the editor in chief of Salt Lake magazine. His writing has also appeared in Esquire, GQ, Talking Points Memo, and Washingtonian magazine. He lives in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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Editor's Note

Work Out! Don't Stop!

Social workouts may be just the sort of exercise this city needs.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 02/02/2016

Editor's Note

Putting a Face on Homelessness

Rex Hohlbein’s methods have made a difference in the lives of individuals, but they’re also an inspiration in another way.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 01/05/2016

Editor's Note

Nog Bless Us, Everyone

A paean to egg nog.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 12/02/2015

Editor's Note

Telling Stories

What would Thoreau think of the digital revolution?

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 11/01/2015

Editor's Note

Reinventing the Road Trip

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 09/30/2015

Editor's Note

Block in a Hard Place

Coping with Seattle’s rapid growth.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 09/01/2015

Editor’s Note

Careless When Wet

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 08/01/2015

Editor’s Note

What’s So Funny at Amazon?

The laugh heard around the world.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 07/01/2015

Editor’s Note

The Goats Who Stare at Men

On Klahhane Ridge in the Olympics, October 16, 2010, the forces of nature head butted human incursion to the ground.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 06/08/2015

The Explainer

Mount St. Helens, 35 Years Later

Mount Saint Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. This month, as we mark the 35th anniversary of the blast, let’s revisit what happened and remember those lost.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 04/28/2015

Feature

Tony Wheat Has Been Sorry for So Long

The crimes he committed 50 years ago this spring were savage and cruel. Can we forgive Washington’s longest incarcerated inmate?

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 04/27/2015

Editor’s Note

The House Guest

Seattle is experiencing spasmodic changes, a culture clash of haves and have-barely-enough-to-get-by.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 04/27/2015

Editor's Note

You Can Stop Pretending to Hate Lager Now

Lager is about to have its craft beer moment.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 04/01/2015

Editor's Note

Friends and Benefits

Finding your tribe in the workplace

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 03/16/2015

Editor's Note

The Portmanteau That Ate Itself

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 02/09/2015

Editor's Note

Home Improvement

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 01/05/2015

Editor's Note

Thirst and the City

Can you learn something about a city, about what makes a place tick, by merely sipping and studying and sitting with its trademark cocktails?

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 12/01/2014

Editor's Note

The Seattle Moment

Seattle is undergoing something like a renaissance.

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 11/03/2014

Editor's Note

Serve and Protect

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 10/01/2014

Editor's Note

Sound and Fury

Remember where you were when the Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl?

  • By James Ross Gardner
  • Published 09/01/2014
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