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.

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Woodway Hideaway

An award-winning remodel transforms a "dark, hunkering block" into a high-style sylvan sanctuary.

03/18/2009 By James Ross Gardner

Article

Sunday’s Firefighter Stairclimb

Did our guy win? That was never the point.

03/10/2009 By James Ross Gardner

Article

All The President’s Seattleites

Locke, Sims, Kerlikowske. We’ve got one more.

02/27/2009 By James Ross Gardner

Article

Another Obama-Seattle connection?

A conversation with a guy who went to parties with the First Lady two decades ago

02/03/2009 By James Ross Gardner

Article

52 Weekends

Think of all the Saturday mornings you’ve awoken with the same question rattling in 
your head: What am I doing this weekend? The following pages spell an end to that quandary. What to do with the most important 48 hours of the week in the best region on

01/09/2009 By James Ross Gardner, Laura Cassidy, Jim Gullo, Jessica Voelker, Lia Steakley Dicker, Christopher Werner, and Courtney Nash

Article

Clear the Camps (or) Let Sleeping Bags Lie?

Seattle has a new playbook for clearing out squatter camps, but critics say it’s inhumane and leaves the homeless nowhere to go.

01/04/2009 By James Ross Gardner

PASSING THROUGH

Listen to this man—Or we kill a puppy

Dr. Demento’s reign of syndicated radio terror started in Seattle.

01/03/2009 By James Ross Gardner

Article

Best of the City 2008

Faced with a place that is busting with “bests,” how do we choose what’s the Best of the City? We focus on the new and the newly discovered—183 shops and services, activities and eateries that offer fresh, exciting viewpoints on the city and force us to d

12/28/2008 With Steve Wiecking, Kathryn Robinson, James Ross Gardner, Leah Finn, Laura Cassidy, Ben Schock, Stefan Durham, Christopher Werner, Roger Brooks, Lee Fehrenbacher, Rachelle Robinett, Sarah Anderson, Kelly Huffman, Erin Pursell, Laura Peach, and Wilson Diehl Edited by Jessica Voelker

Article

Lord of the Reins

There was a time, not so long ago, when horse racing was dead in Washington State. There was a time when the career of Emerald Downs’ top jockey, Ricky Frazier, was dead too. Hell, there was a time when Ricky Frazier was nearly dead. A story of courage, c

12/27/2008 By James Ross Gardner

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Early Game Plan

The proactive Seattleite’s* guide to enjoying a super-sliding, high-flying, great-dining time at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. * Yes, we know you’re already proactive, but this isn’t standing in line for the latest cellphone. This is t

12/23/2008 By Kathryn Robinson and James Ross Gardner

Feature

Things They Lost in the Flood

Dil and Sue Griffiths were still recovering from one life-altering tragedy last December when the worst storm in a generation sent Lewis County through a wash cycle of swelling rivers and mudslides, inflicting millions of dollars worth of damage and killi

12/09/2008 By James Ross Gardner

Article

It Fakes a Village

Leavenworth hosts 20 festivals a year, most notably Oktoberfest, a three-weekend bacchanal that draws some 10,000 visitors.

10/03/2006 By James Ross Gardner