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.


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

Best of the City

Top Dentists 2012

The 424 best dentists in the Seattle metro area, as selected by their peers.

12/16/2011 Edited by Ariana Dawes


Top Doctors 2011

Seattle offers some of the most outstanding medical care in the world. This year, thanks to a new partnership with Avvo, Seattle Met brings you more top doctors than ever before in 66 specialties.

07/22/2011 Edited 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


Top Doctors 2010

The 423 best doctors in 87 specialties in King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties.

07/11/2010 Research by Stefan Durham, Ariana Dawes, Tiffany Wan, and Judy Naegeli


Ferried Away

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

09/16/2009 By Ariana Dawes