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.

TV Recap

‘The Killing,’ Episode 4: The Chronicles of Reddick

Everyone’s forming alliances, and most are paying a price.

06/17/2013 By James Ross Gardner

TV Recap

‘The Killing,’ Episode 3: Skeletons and the Big Noise

Sarah Linden is unstoppable. Seward gets under the guards’ skin, and his own.

06/10/2013 By James Ross Gardner

TV Recap

'The Killing' Season Premiere: The Kids Aren't Alright

The Seattle-set murder mystery is back with less rain, higher body count.

06/03/2013 By James Ross Gardner


An Oral History of ‘Almost Live’

From Bill Nye the Science Guy to the day the Space Needle collapsed, we recall 15 years of trials and triumphs on the set of Seattle’s Saturday Night Live.

05/17/2013 By Matthew Halverson, James Ross Gardner, Laura Dannen, and Cassie Callan


Why Seattle Loves Amanda Knox

Last night on ABC’s Nightline, the world learned what we’ve known all along.

05/01/2013 By James Ross Gardner


The Seattle Times Paywall

The last daily standing now charges for its web content. Will that prove its worth to readers and critics?

04/17/2013 By James Ross Gardner


The Big Idea: Information Society

UW and the Department of Energy take on Big Data We now have access to more info than we can make sense of. A new institute seeks solutions.

03/20/2013 By James Ross Gardner


50 Most Influential People in Seattle Right Now

Game-changing Seattleites thrust the city into its next phase—in politics, the arts, technology, food, sports, and more.

03/18/2013 By Kathryn Robinson, Matthew Halverson, James Ross Gardner, Laura Cassidy, Christopher Werner, Laura Dannen, Allison Williams, Allecia Vermillion, Amanda Zurita, Seth Sommerfeld, Erica C. Barnett, Bess Lovejoy, and Josh Feit


David Shields and Three Northwesterners Who Saved His Life

The author namechecks locals in How Literature Saved My Life.

01/23/2013 By James Ross Gardner


Consider the Pit Bull

Seattle loves its dogs. But one group of breeds—lethal to some, adored by others—divides us.

01/23/2013 By James Ross Gardner


Fight a Traffic Ticket Online

eTicketbuster allows drivers to contest tickets without ever having to see a judge or a lawyer.

12/19/2012 By James Ross Gardner


Manny’s, Manny’s Everywhere

The secret history of a ubiquitous beer.

11/28/2012 By James Ross Gardner


Fire at the Sanctuary of the Apes

Before the Cle Elum forest fire destroyed 60 homes, it took aim at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

10/10/2012 By James Ross Gardner


Bill Gates Leads the Way on Building a Better Toilet

The Gates Foundation hosted “Reinvent the Toilet Fair,” a two-day symposium to which teams from around the globe submitted concepts for a safer, more efficient toilet.

09/19/2012 By James Ross Gardner

Insider's Guide

1962 World's Fair

Fifty years ago, the 1962 World’s Fair did more than just celebrate global culture. It put Seattle on display, inspired world leaders, and erected a certain needle-shaped tower. A look at the 184 days that changed Seattle—and the world—forever.

07/25/2012 With Kathryn Robinson, Matthew Halverson, Laura Cassidy, Christopher Werner, Laura Dannen, Brian Colella, Allecia Vermillion, and Janet Pelz By James Ross Gardner and Allison Williams

Insider's Guide

Insider’s Guide to Gaming

If the financial meltdown taught us anything, the secret is to take calculated risks. So with that in mind, take a lesson from some of the state’s card sharks, poker pros, and all-around gambling gurus.

07/25/2012 By Matthew Halverson, James Ross Gardner, Karen Quinn, and Laura Dannen


The Law and John Henry !*@#ing Browne

He’s defended the Northwest’s most reviled killers and gained the cursed admiration of Ted Bundy and the begrudging respect of prosecutors. So what’s John Henry Browne doing for his next act?

07/18/2012 By James Ross Gardner


Mean Kids

When Washington state passed a law to fight bullying and hold schools responsible, many families rejoiced. But maybe we’ve approached it all wrong. Just ask a bully.

06/20/2012 By James Ross Gardner


The Trayvon Martin Case Slows Down Washington Gun Legislation

How the Trayvon Martin case changed the course of Washington State gun legislation.

05/17/2012 By James Ross Gardner


The Math: Seattle Exports By the Numbers

The Seattle region’s rank in export value, export-supported jobs, and more.

04/25/2012 By James Ross Gardner