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.

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week In Restaurant News: Taps, T-Doug, and Tacos

San Francisco's Toronado is coming to town and Tom Douglas is making plans for a cantina. Plus, a new chef for Book Bindery.

05/30/2014 By Ezra Parter

Work It Out

We Did This: 50 Pure Barre Classes in 60 Days

We cross the finish line of Pure Barre's New Year Challenge in the name of local charity Get Hitched Give Hope.

03/14/2014 By Amanda Zurita

Expansion Mode

Frost Doughnuts Expands Into a "Dessert Lounge"

The doughnut titans will put their Frostian spin on cupcakes, soft-serve frozen custard, and housemade toppings.

03/14/2014 By Allecia Vermillion


The End of the Nightmare

When a local VA doctor discovered that a decades-old generic drug relieves the traumatic nightmares of PTSD, it took 20 years and thousands of sleepless nights to gain acceptance.

03/01/2014 By Ann Hedreen

City Hall

Council Stalls, But Can't Prevent, Surcharge

The council's City Light committee approves legislation to stave off a surcharge on ratepayers ... but only until later this year.

02/12/2014 By Erica C. Barnett


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


Top Dentists 2013

500 Ways to a Beautiful Smile

12/19/2012 Edited by Ariana Dawes By Amanda Zurita


Top Doctors 2012

583 Doctors and Nurses in 72 Specialties

07/20/2012 Edited by Ariana Dawes


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