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.

Food For Thought

Weekday Culture Fix: Aug 14–18

A Japanese film collective makes its U.S. debut, Matthew Zapruder from the 'New York Times Magazine' preaches poetry, and a traveling poster exhibition pops up at the Piranha Shop.

08/14/2017 By Isabel Boutiette

Northwest Travel

Secrets of the Olympic Peninsula: 25 Hidden Gems Waiting Across the Sound

From forgotten history to fresh-from-the-farm cider to a valley of 10,000 waterfalls, there's so much to discover in our state's greenest corner.

07/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Editor's Note

Spoiler Alert

You don’t always have to wait till the end.

07/20/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Street View

Could the Solution to Homelessness Be Geodesic?

Dome sweet dome.

07/14/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Explainer

Could a Single-Payer Plan in Washington Soon Come to Pass?

As fights over national health care simmer in DC, one local state senator is pushing for a radical old idea: insuring every Washingtonian.

07/13/2017 By James Ross Gardner

News Roundup

Charleena Lyles, Government Shutdown, and Health Care

A roundup of three top stories to watch out for this week.

06/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Editor's Note

Summer of Totality

Here comes the sun—and the eclipse.

06/12/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Explainer

Demise of the Seattle Traffic Jam?

Earlier this year, the Seattle Department of Transportation will introduced SCOOT, software designed to ease traffic tensions. Will it deliver us from gridlock?

06/12/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Feature

The Secret Life of Urban Crows

…and why Seattle may be the Corvid Capital of the World.

05/17/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

Cabin Party

Today’s posh vacation rentals are a long way from Seattle’s first cabin.

05/15/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Banned in the USA

We The People: Meet Six Immigrants from the Six Countries on Trump's Travel Ban List

Some have been here for decades, others for just a few weeks. All felt the impact of the executive order acutely.

04/17/2017 By James Ross Gardner, Rianna Hidalgo, Hayat Norimine, and Allison Williams Photography by Brandon Hill

Editor's Note

What’s It Like to See Seattle for the First Time?

Our May 2017 issue cover offers the perfect vantage point.

04/17/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

Family Matters

Our April issue is about family in more ways than one.

03/20/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Awards & Accolades

And Now for Seattle's 2017 James Beard Finalists

Congratulations to these final contenders...

03/15/2017 By Rosin Saez

Editor's Note

Billionaire vs. Billionaire

Gates versus Bezos: Seattleites trust one more than the other.

02/20/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Beer Changeups

The Former Bell and Whete Will Soon Become Belltown Brewing

...and a bar called the Brewhouse.

02/10/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor's Note

How to Read This Issue

And how we, as a city, can take action.

01/23/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Explainer

How to Make Sense of King County's New Restaurant Health Ratings

In January 2017—after two years of research that included meetings with the public, restaurateurs, and food safety experts—King County Public Health began posting health scores in restaurant windows. Here’s everything you need to decode the ratings.

01/18/2017 By Stefan Milne

Morning Fizz

Spokane Audience Boos Republican U.S. Rep. McMorris Rodgers

Outcry to save Affordable Care Act hints of liberal Tea Party.

01/17/2017 By Josh Feit

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: January

Start off the year on an artistic note.

01/03/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld