Managing Editor

Ariana Donalds Dawes, a New York native and former copy chief for Time Out New York guidebooks, is the founding managing editor of Seattle Met

Ariana ensures general quality control across all media, from the monthly print magazine, mobile device editions, and email newsletters to the website, blogs, and apps. In addition being Seattle Met’s copy editor, policing grammar and style, she creates budgets and schedules, spearheads annual Top Doctors and Top Dentists surveys, and, when lucky, conducts the occasional Q&A with touring comedians like Bob Odenkirk. 

During her tenure, Seattle Met has received dozens of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and City and Regional Magazine Association. Her writing has also appeared in National Magazine Award–winning publications Print and Metropolis. She graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s in English literature and a minor in theater and dance.

Passing Through

W. Kamau Bell Q & A

Socially aware comedian W. Kamau Bell is coming to wake you up. (And make you laugh.)

01/01/2015 By Ariana Dawes

Comedic Chatter

Bob Odenkirk Tours 'A Load of Hooey'

The self-deprecating veteran of comedy proves Seattle is better than Portland with a special date at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center.

10/24/2014 By Ariana Dawes

Passing Through

Tim and Eric, Capeesh

Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule’s “extravaganza of absurdity” blitzes the Moore.

08/25/2014 By Ariana Dawes


Riffing with Comedian Charlie Murphy

The 'Chappelle Show' standout's standup tour comes to the Neptune on Friday, January 11.

01/07/2014 By Ariana Dawes

Passing Through

Charlie Murphy Was Born Funny

The natural-born storyteller brings his Acid Trip comedy tour through Seattle to ask what we think is normal.

12/13/2013 By Ariana Dawes


Top Vets 2013

207 of the best veterinarians in the Seattle Metropolitan area.

01/23/2013 Edited by Ariana Dawes Research by Danielle Zorn, Katie Vincent, Dameon Matule, and Anna Chatilo


A Pediatric Practice Makes Going to the Dentist Fun

A pediatric practice in Greenlake makes going to the dentist fun. Really.

12/16/2011 By Ariana Dawes


Richard Ayoade Talks Coming-of-Age Films

His featured SIFF flick takes us back to the angsty world of Holden Caulfield.

05/27/2011 By Ariana Dawes


The Best Places to Work …and Play

The 20 best companies to work for in Seattle.

04/22/2011 By Laura Dannen and Ariana Dawes


Top Vets 2011

The 148 best veterinarians in the Seattle metropolitan region.

02/03/2011 Edited by Ariana Dawes


Ferried Away

Get on the board the ferry for a weekend of bike touring on bucolic Vashon Island.

09/16/2009 By Ariana Dawes