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.

News Feed

Seattle Restaurant News October 2019

This month: oyster festivals, new-ish Jewish delis, and the prettiest gluten-free cookbook you ever did see.

09/24/2019 By Rosin Saez

Downtown Switch-Ups

Sansei Is Closed and—Oh Sweet, Glorious Day—Dough Zone Will Open in Its Place

The soup dumpling purveyor is slated to arrive at Ninth and Pine this summer.

04/30/2019 By Rosin Saez

Stay Healthy

Top Doctors 2018

Where to find the best care, citywide.

09/21/2018 Edited by Ariana Dawes

Say Cheese

Top Dentists 2018

The 781 best dentists in the Seattle metropolitan area.

09/21/2018 Edited by Ariana Dawes

Best of the City

Top Doctors 2018

Our 13th annual list of the best health care professionals in the Seattle area features 753 doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and more in 78 specialties.

07/17/2018 Edited by Ariana Dawes

Methodology

Top Dentists 2018

781 of the best practitioners in the Seattle metropolitan area.

01/15/2018 Edited by Ariana Dawes

Top Dentists 2018

5 Strange but True Tales from Seattle Dentistry

From the annals of time, the forgotten history of Seattle dental care.

12/19/2017 By Araz Hachadourian, Manola Secaira, Isabel Boutiette, Jaime Archer, and Diane Stephani

Habitat

How to Design a Cohesive Bookshelf

Create a home for your books and collections with a little bit of personality.

11/01/2017 By Darren Davis

Best of the City

Top Doctors 2017

Our 12th annual list of the best health care professionals in the Seattle area features 791 doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and more in 100 specialties.

07/20/2017 Edited by Ariana Dawes

Skin for the Win

Herbivore Botanicals Debuts in Nordstrom This Weekend

From humble beginnings in a home kitchen to the shelves at Seattle’s own retail juggernaut.

01/13/2017 By Rosin Saez

Best of the City

Top Dentists 2017

765 of the best practitioners in the Seattle metropolitan area.

12/20/2016 By Ariana Dawes

Soup Dumpling Excitement

It's Official: Dough Zone Is Coming to Seattle

Specifically to the Chinatown-International District. Oh, glorious day.

11/23/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Best of the City

Top Doctors 2016

Our 11th annual list of the best health practitioners in the Seattle area feature 911 doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and more in 100 specialties.

07/04/2016 By Ariana Dawes

Best of the City

Top Dentists 2016

701 of the best practitioners in the Seattle metropolitan area.

12/28/2015 By Ariana Dawes

Top Doctors

Top Doctors and Nurses 2015: How We Made the List

1,065 practitioners in 82 specialties made this year’s list of top doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and complementary care givers in the Seattle metro area.

08/04/2015 Edited by Ariana Dawes and Darren Davis

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

The Weekend Starts... Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: September 25–28

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats debuts with a National Book Award-nominated novel and Decibel Festival provides an electronic music oasis.

09/25/2014 By Seattle Met Staff

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

Health

Top Doctors and Nurses 2014

1,066 practitioners in 85 specialties made this year’s list of top doctors and nurse practitioners in the Seattle metro area.

08/01/2014 By Ariana Dawes