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.

Tick Tock

7 Sure-Thing Last Minute Gift Stops for Valentine's Day

Your guide to Seattle shops for finding the perfect Valentine's Day gift (and looking like you spent weeks searching for it).

02/10/2014 By Amanda Zurita

Theater Review

Most Memorable Moments from WET's 'Ed, Downloaded'

Archiving the moments we'll remember from Washington Ensemble Theatre's new sci-fi play about a digital hereafter.

02/07/2014 By Jessie Beebe and Jeremy G. Novak

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Victory Parade, Wednesday at 11

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: a victory parade, a flub, a missed opportunity, and more.

02/03/2014 By Morning Fizz

Habitat

Trend Alert: Brass, Copper, and Gold Shine at Home

Warm metallic finishes are the decor accents of the moment.

02/01/2014 By Angela Cabotaje

Seattleites Guide to PDX

The Most Portlandy Hotel Rooms in Portland

Yes, you can even sleep in a caravan.

02/01/2014 Edited by Allison Williams

Mudroom

The Hero We Need

The first teenage Muslim superhero girl will come to life at a kitchen table in Seattle.

02/01/2014 By James Ross Gardner

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Washington Ensemble Theatre's Ali el-Gasseir

The director of 'Ed, Downloaded' discusses the show's sci-fi heart and the Ensemble's upcoming relocation.

01/30/2014 By Seth Sommerfeld

Rainmakers

The Cartoon Network

After a year of heartache, loss, and financial struggle, Fantagraphics asked its fans for a miracle.

01/02/2014 By James Ross Gardner

Mergers

The Marginally Scandalized Seattleite’s Guide to Recent Tech Mergers

Taser’s purchase of a local photo-sharing startup is weird, but it isn’t the weirdest.

12/01/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Profile

An Inconvenient Cure

When Timothy Brown contracted HIV in the early 1990s, the virus was a death sentence. A cure 12 years later—the cure no scientist in the world believed existed at first—originated in the last place he would ever expect.

12/01/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Explainer

Marijuana, Seed to Sale

Between November 18 and December 18, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will accept license applications for marijuana producers, processors, and retailers. Here’s how pot will get from the grow-op to the pipe bowl.

11/01/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Now in a Can

Airways Brewing Serves Up Another Seasonal Stout

The world didn't end... so coconuts!

10/08/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Department of Nostalgia

Redhook Releases Winterhook for the 29th Time

A beer tradition so old, Reagan could have gotten his Cold War buzz on this way

09/24/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Feature

Ground Control to Mr. Meline

Rob Meline always dreamed of being an astronaut. He became a teacher instead. When he fell victim to a family secret in October 2012, he became the symbol of a flawed judicial system. What his students did next was out of this world.

09/17/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Article

Inmate, Please Report to America’s Strongest Woman

An Edmonds Community College dean shows some muscle.

09/17/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Behind Bars

Five Questions for the Bartender: Artusi's Adam Fortuna

"It was like deleted scenes from 'Kill Bill'—blood, glass, and roses in slow motion."

09/16/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Beer

The Seahawks 12th Man Gets Its Own Beer

Hilliard's has issued a pale ale, perfect fuel for cheering your brains out.

09/11/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Sports

It Might Get Loud

How CenturyLink Field became the noisiest stadium in the NFL.

09/03/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Right Now

Canon Has a Patio

And it's open tonight.

08/21/2013 By James Ross Gardner

Distillery Report

Sun Liquor Has Produced a Rum

And hardly anyone knows it yet.

08/13/2013 By James Ross Gardner