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.

From the Editor

About That Gender Equality Victory Lap…

We've got a long way to go.

01/31/2018 By James Ross Gardner

The Present Is Female

The 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle

These are the women shaping Seattle, the region, and beyond.

01/31/2018 By Hayat Norimine, Ciara O'Rourke, Rosin Saez, Allecia Vermillion, Allison Williams, Darren Davis, and James Ross Gardner

Ticket Alert

Here's How to Score $10 'Hamilton' Tickets

Register for the #HAM4HAM lottery starting on Sunday, February 4 for the chance to get your hands on the hottest ticket in town for next to nothing.

01/29/2018 By Kaelan Hicks

That New New

Barkada Brings a Blend of Island Flavors to Edmonds

Tom Douglas alum Brian Madayag throws down Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Guamanian food alongside a lineup of tiki drinks inside his new restaurant.

01/17/2018 By Rosin Saez

Editor's Note

From the Editor: Patriot Game

To stand or to kneel?

12/19/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Critic's Picks

19 of Seattle’s Best Healthy Dining Destinations

Because we can’t live off fried chicken and ramen alone.

12/19/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

Sponsored Content

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12/08/2017

Opening Dispatch

Mercato Stellina and Chávez Cozy Up in a New Pike Place Space

This Friday, December 1, the neighboring restaurants bring fresh pasta and seafood-centric Mexican cuisine to the market.

11/30/2017 By Jaime Archer

Editor's Note

Well, That Was a Weird Year

And so was our collective reaction to it.

11/21/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Culture Fix

Things to Do Thanksgiving Week 2017

George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' returns to Pacific Northwest Ballet, Flying Lotus gets psychedelic in 3D, and a 'Dungeons and Dragons' Thanksgiving adventure.

11/20/2017 By Isabel Boutiette

Lexicon Devils

Harsh Realm: The Greatest Prank Seattle Ever Pulled on New York

Twenty-five years ago the national media, obsessed with Seattle's music scene, came calling. The right person picked up the phone.

11/13/2017 By James Ross Gardner Illustrations by Peter Bagge

Feature

The Russian Spies Who Fooled Seattle

Before hackers tried to sway the 2016 election or word spread that our new president might be compromised, a peculiar couple resided on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Have we really taken stock of the spies who lived among us?

10/30/2017 By James Ross Gardner

City Attorney's Office

City Will Defend Sawant in Both Defamation Lawsuits

"That is the cost of free speech," Harrell wrote.

10/27/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Sponsored Content

Adult Treats for Halloween

5 Pairings for Whatever Your Evening Holds

10/24/2017

In Print

A Redesign the Size of Seattle

Why Seattle Met just got bigger.

10/17/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Weekday Picks

Culture Fix: September 25–29

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina stars in a play documenting life under authoritarian rule, Hugo House cofounder releases a new book of poetry, and the Paramount Theatre celebrates indigenous art.

09/25/2017 By Isabel Boutiette

Napoleon Dynamite

Nazis Stole Our Art

Add to the litany of white nationalism’s idiocy its adherents’ lack of humor.

09/20/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Road Trip

Taste the Top 100 at These Walla Walla Wineries

From scenic patios to vinyl-spinning living rooms, here's how to sip your way through this wine-soaked valley—and go home with a few bottles (or cases) for later.

09/13/2017 By Allison Williams

Editor's Note

Check, Please. No Really, the Check. Please?

The one foul committed by an otherwise outstanding dining scene.

08/18/2017 By James Ross Gardner