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.

Pillar Properties

Slide Show: The Meyden Grand Opening

Residents and guests celebrated in style at the Grand Opening of The Meyden apartment homes in Bellevue.


Editor's Note

The Thing at the End of Your Fork

Is what you put in your mouth good for you—or just good for some multinational food supplier?

06/21/2016 By James Ross Gardner

Photo Essay

This Is Boom City

A day in the life of Tulalip Indian Reservation’s fireworks marketplace.

06/20/2016 Photography by Andrew Waits By James Ross Gardner

Critic's Notebook

Raw Halibut Is All Over Menus Now

Come with me to one Capitol Hill block.

06/20/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

The Weekend Starts... Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 16–19

Take in the sights and sounds of Fremont Solstice, drink with dad at Washington Brewers Festival, and catch the final weekend of 'Young Blood' at Frye.

06/16/2016 By Seattle Met Staff

Morning Fizz

Surprise Testimony at City Hall: Please Tax Us

Airbnb hosts tell council to tax them rather than regulating them out of business.

06/16/2016 By Josh Feit

The Weekend Starts... Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 9–12

'Graphic Masters' arrives at SAM, Washington Hall hosts a jazz reenactment, and Glazer's PhotoFest caters to the photographically inclined.

06/09/2016 By Seattle Met Staff

The Junior League of Seattle

Slide Show: The Junior League of Seattle Sixth Annual Touch-A-Truck

The Junior League of Seattle hosted over 4,000 people at its sixth annual Touch-A-Truck on Sunday, June 5th at Magnuson Park.


Editor's Note

Preparing for Takeoff

How not to hate an airport.

05/24/2016 By James Ross Gardner

Morning Fizz

A Real Civic Square

Saving city hall's front yard, building in your backyard, and running for Congress.

05/20/2016 By Josh Feit

Murder She Look

The Best Style Instagram Account You Need to be Following

Instagram murdershelook Delivers the Most Iconic Murder, She Wrote Looks.

04/27/2016 By Colleen Williams

Editor's Note

Monuments Men

Twenty years later, the fateful 1996 Everest tragedy remains a Seattle story.

04/25/2016 By James Ross Gardner

Opening Dispatch

Chase Lounge Brings Seafood and Arcade Games to Ballard

Mussels, oysters...and pinball.

04/25/2016 By Emma Engelfried

Met Picks

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: April 2016

Nerd out at Emerald City Comicon, get the scoop on ‘Newsies,’ and break cinematic rules with Seijun Suzuki

04/04/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Editor's Note

The Difference Between Bars and Neighborhood Bars

Even if you’ve never been to one, you know what a neighborhood bar is.

03/28/2016 By James Ross Gardner

Open Letter

Dear Pearl Jam,

Why don't you guys play more Seattle concerts?


10 Years That Changed A City

2012: The DOJ Steps in to Right Seattle Police Wrongs

Plus: legal recreational marijuana, gay marriage, and a Great Wheel on the waterfront.

03/04/2016 By James Ross Gardner

Editor's Note

The New Seattle, 10 Years In

This town looked a lot different a decade ago.

03/04/2016 By James Ross Gardner

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: March 2016

Check out hyperrealistic paintings that emulate kids' crafts, the indigenous Alaskan sculpture tradition, and gothic cartoon acid trips.

03/01/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Editor's Note

Work Out! Don't Stop!

Social workouts may be just the sort of exercise this city needs.

02/02/2016 By James Ross Gardner