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.

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

Eat Here Now

What We're Eating Now October 2018

This month's favorites: sweet and savory crepes, pastrami pizza, and Thai noodles.

09/11/2018 By Nosh Pit Staff and Sean P. Sullivan

Editor's Note

The Road Less Visible

We made the October issue with smoke in our eyes.

09/11/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Get on the Bus

#VanLife in Real Life

From retro Vanagons to the high-end Mercedes Metris, roadside detours just got a lot more comfortable.

09/11/2018 By Allison Williams

Festival Season

10 Artists to See at Bumbershoot 2018

Avant-garde hip-hop, shimmery pop, and Fleet Foxes (duh)—here are the acts we want to see this weekend.

08/29/2018 By Seattle Met Staff

Mayor's Office

Durkan Nominates Debra Smith as Next Seattle City Light CEO

"I believe that the tone starts at the top," Smith said.

08/28/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Culture Fix

Weekend What to Do August 17–19

Hit one of the last summer block parties, or get fired up about the midterms and crafting at the same time.

08/17/2018 By Mac Hubbard

Autumn Preview

35 Events to Catch This Fall

A guide to getting your arts and culture fix this season.

08/14/2018 By Stefan Milne

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

Top Five

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle August 2018

The Bob’s Burgers cast cooks up some comedy, J. Cole rules Bumbershoot, and galleries get paid.

07/17/2018 By Stefan Milne

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

Sponsored Content

La Panzanella Sharing Life, Love and [GLUTEN - FREE] Food

A local favorite continues to innovate by introducing a line of irresistible gluten-free crackers.

06/21/2018

Editor's Note

Pike Place Market Is Seattle's Best Idea

But it almost wasn't.

06/19/2018 By James Ross Gardner