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.

Editor's Note

In Plain Sight: Revealing Our Favorite Hidden Seattle Spots

We approached this month’s cover story a little differently.

11/16/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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Is Seattle the Greatest Food City in America?

“The 100 Best Restaurants” is Seattle Met’s most ambitious measure of the city’s food scene we’ve ever published.

10/12/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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Return to the Double R

Rediscovering Twin Peaks in North Bend.

09/15/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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Life, Possible

The joy of coffee lies in the anticipation.

08/23/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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The Coast Is Not Clear

Our beaches are more mysterious than most.

07/19/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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The Thing at the End of Your Fork

Is what you put in your mouth good for you—or just good for some multinational food supplier?

06/21/2016 By James Ross Gardner

Photo Essay

This Is Boom City

A day in the life of Tulalip Indian Reservation’s fireworks marketplace.

06/20/2016 Photography by Andrew Waits By James Ross Gardner

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Preparing for Takeoff

How not to hate an airport.

05/24/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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Monuments Men

Twenty years later, the fateful 1996 Everest tragedy remains a Seattle story.

04/25/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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The Difference Between Bars and Neighborhood Bars

Even if you’ve never been to one, you know what a neighborhood bar is.

03/28/2016 By James Ross Gardner

10 Years That Changed A City

2012: The DOJ Steps in to Right Seattle Police Wrongs

Plus: legal recreational marijuana, gay marriage, and a Great Wheel on the waterfront.

03/04/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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The New Seattle, 10 Years In

This town looked a lot different a decade ago.

03/04/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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Work Out! Don't Stop!

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

02/02/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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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.

01/05/2016 By James Ross Gardner

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Nog Bless Us, Everyone

A paean to egg nog.

12/02/2015 By James Ross Gardner

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Telling Stories

What would Thoreau think of the digital revolution?

11/01/2015 By James Ross Gardner

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Reinventing the Road Trip

09/30/2015 By James Ross Gardner

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Block in a Hard Place

Coping with Seattle’s rapid growth.

09/01/2015 By James Ross Gardner

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Careless When Wet

08/01/2015 By James Ross Gardner

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What’s So Funny at Amazon?

The laugh heard around the world.

07/01/2015 By James Ross Gardner