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.


’Scuse Me While I Sue This Guy

The good news, Hendrix fans: out November 16 is a four-disc box set chock full of rarities, West Coast Seattle Boy. The bad news: the Jimi Hendrix estate has become "the single most litigious in rock and roll history.”

10/11/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Northwest Exposure

Chase Jarvis made a career with images of fast people in far-flung places. Then he pointed his camera at his hometown. The result: the book Seattle 100: Portrait of a City.

10/11/2010 By James Ross Gardner

Pop Watch

Guillermo del Toro Talks Movies, Monsters, and Mad Men

The good news: We attended the EMP event you missed last night. The bad news: Humans still suck.

10/01/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Small Town, Washington

Ten fall getaways to historic hamlets, country villages, and sweet rural spots.

09/15/2010 By James Ross Gardner

Washington Wine

10 Top Winery Visits

The best Washington wine destinations: Cave B, Chateau Ste Michelle, Portteus, Northstar, Col Solare, Abeja, Novelty Hill-Januik, Nefarious Cellars, Badger Mountain Vineyard, and L’Ecole No 41.

08/17/2010 By James Ross Gardner, Jessica Voelker, and Lia Steakley Dicker

Food Lovers' Guide

Food Lovers’ Guide

Fascinated by the Seattle food world? Welcome to a feast of sumptuous edibles and rising culinary stars.

07/21/2010 With Jess Thomson, James Ross Gardner, Christopher Werner, Judy Naegeli, and Caitlin King By Jessica Voelker

Food Lovers' Guide

Fresh Faces!

The people we find most fascinating in the Seattle food scene right now.

07/20/2010 By Jess Thomson, James Ross Gardner, Jessica Voelker, and Christopher Werner


The L Word

In the race to oust three-term U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Dino Rossi is toast. Again.

07/20/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Vital Signs

Hospital emergency rooms like Highline Medical Center are gambling on state-of-the-art services and a commitment to customer service to attract patients.

07/11/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Fairview Fanny and the Angel of Death

How The Seattle Times broke the story of a lifetime, investigated a killer, and rescued itself from irrelevancy.

06/17/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Cash In on Me If You Can

Colton Harris-Moore, aka the Barefoot Bandit, has fans and foes battling at the till.

06/15/2010 By James Ross Gardner


100 Reasons to Love Seattle

Call us biased, but it’s as easy to dig up reasons to love this city as it is to score gourmet grub on our streets. (Hey, there’s a reason right there…) In fact, we found so many—from our flair for flash mobbery to our kid-friendly

06/14/2010 By Kathryn Robinson, Matthew Halverson, James Ross Gardner, Eric Scigliano, Laura Cassidy, Jessica Voelker, Christopher Werner, Laura Dannen, Tiffany Wan, Judy Naegeli, and Caitlin King


Blast from the Past

Mount St. Helens erupted 30 years ago this month. It changed more than just the landscape.

04/23/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Turning Japanese

Seattle’s anime and manga fest Sakura-Con turns 13 this month. What are you wearing?

03/18/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Go! Road Trips 2010

Seattle’s nice, but a road trip in the springtime is even sweeter. Here, five excuses to load the trunk, get behind the wheel, and put rubber to asphalt.

03/17/2010 By James Ross Gardner, David Laskin, Jessica Voelker, Lia Steakley Dicker, and Christopher Werner

Cookbook Recs

The Cookbooks of Our Lives

A breakup leaves Senior Editor James Ross Gardner with a Joy-less home.

02/18/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Vehicular Cam Slaughter

For the reality competition America’s Worst Driver, the Travel Channel cruises Seattle.

02/16/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Slow Man

At Seattle Coffee Works, a good espresso is a long time coming. And worth the wait.

02/16/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Where the Boys Aren’t

Darnell Sue, who started Girl Power Hour, thinks networking should be a blast. But ladies only.

02/16/2010 By James Ross Gardner


March of the Penguin

App of the Month: Ben Eidelson and Jason Prado dreamed up ridepenguin.com, which connects you with potential travel partners.

02/16/2010 By James Ross Gardner