Editor at Large

James Ross Gardner is the former editor in chief of Seattle Met. During his time as top editor the magazine won numerous awards, including the national City and Regional Magazine Association's award for general excellence, twice (in 2015 and 2018). While at Seattle Met, James's writing has garnered 14 first place awards from the regional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been a finalist for seven national CRMA awards. His work has also appeared in Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times, among others. He lives in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood.

Feature

In the Straits: The Story of the Inmate Turned Millionaire Turned Lone Survivor

He was a convicted felon who found a niche in Seattle’s construction boom. Then a fatal boating accident came for Michael Powers’s fairy-tale ending.

08/19/2019 By James Ross Gardner

O Say Can You Rock

Jimi Hendrix's “Star-Spangled Banner” Turns 50

At Woodstock, Seattle’s iconic guitarist changed the national anthem—and maybe music—forever.

07/23/2019 By James Ross Gardner

Feature

A Song of Shadow and Light

The Tacoma Refugee Choir formed to reach out to the most vulnerable. Its founder didn't anticipate its impact on her—or her city.

05/28/2019 By James Ross Gardner Photography by Lindsey Wasson

Climate Guy

Can Jay Inslee Make Voters Care Enough About Climate Change?

The Washington governor’s running for POTUS on that single campaign issue.

04/15/2019 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

Before We Began

Seattle Met’s editor in chief says goodbye.

03/26/2019 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

The District

Seattle's storied C–ID, and its reinvention.

02/26/2019 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

Seattle’s Sense of Snow

The city’s reaction to snowfall is comical, until it isn’t.

12/18/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

Rock of Ages

It is not, actually, better to burn out than to fade away.

11/20/2018 By James Ross Gardner

End of the Line

Two New Seattle Apps Promise Shorter Wait Times

But do they really spell "death" to the traditional queue?

11/20/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

When Seattle Restaurants Shutter

It’s more than just the loss of beloved menu items.

10/16/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Feature

A Rumor in Madrona

Can a decades-old deadly home invasion case help unmask the dangers of the misinformation age?

10/15/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Weed 101

A Crash Course in Legal Marijuana

Recreational marijuana's been legal since 2012, and dispensaries continue to flourish. Now what?

09/21/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Football Fever

What the Heck Is Blue Friday?

Why Seattleites wear jerseys on Fridays.

09/21/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Welcome Home

So You've Moved to Seattle

It's not easy being new in town. We're here to give you the info every new Seattleite needs right away.

09/21/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

The Road Less Visible

We made the October issue with smoke in our eyes.

09/11/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Destination: Whidbey Island

Saltwater Is All About Seafood

Towers of shrimp, crab, and oysters await at Prima Bistro's new sibling restaurant.

08/14/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Destination Dinner

Washington’s Best Ferry Feasts

Make a reservation (for your table, but probably also the boat) and set sail for some incredible meals.

08/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion, James Ross Gardner, Rosin Saez, and Allison Williams

Editor’s Note

An Island Mystery on Lopez

The lure of our local archipelago is strong.

08/14/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Sliding Doors

Seattle, in Sickness and in Health

In a building filled with doctors, every elevator ride tells a story.

07/17/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

Pike Place Market Is Seattle's Best Idea

But it almost wasn't.

06/19/2018 By James Ross Gardner