Mission

At Crosscut, we believe that an informed public is essential to solving to the challenges of our time. As the Pacific Northwest’s independent, reader-supported, nonprofit news site, Crosscut strives to provide readers with the facts and analysis they need to intelligently participate in civic discourse, and to create a more just, equitable and sustainable society.

Become a supporting member

Crosscut is a reader-supported news site, made possible by the generous support of our members. By becoming a sustaining member of Crosscut, you ensure the future of independent news here in the Northwest. You’ll receive many perks in return, including member discounts on all Crosscut events, special invitations to in-depth, exclusive events with local civic leaders, and a featured spot on the Crosscut website. In addition, your membership constitutes a tax-deductible gift!

By becoming a member, you make it possible for us to provide you with the insight and in-depth analysis you need to fully participate in civic life; to be, as Bill Moyers would say, a citizen not just a consumer.

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Sponsorship

Crosscut sponsors are positioned in front of hundreds of thousands of engaged, civic-minded readers who care about and influence the Puget Sound region. With 1.6 million unique visitors each year, Crosscut provides our sponsors with the opportunity to reach a loyal, affluent, influential and educated group of readers over a one-year term. Our editorial and event sponsorship levels make underwriting rates affordable, and because of our 501(c)(3) status, your support may constitute a tax-deductible charitable donation.

Contact Jonah Fruchter at jonah.fruchter@crosscut.com for more information about current sponsorship opportunities.

Read about Crosscut’s current sponsors.

Advertising

Advertising on Crosscut positions your organization in front of hundreds of thousands of engaged, civic-minded readers who care about and influence the Northwest region. With 300,000 page views each month, advertising on Crosscut introduces your company to a loyal, affluent, influential and highly educated group of readers.

Go to our Advertising page to see Crosscut’s media kit and to submit an insertion order.

FAQs

About FAQs

What is Crosscut’s mission?

Crosscut’s foundational belief is that an informed public is essential if we are to find good solutions to the civic and political challenges of our time. As the Pacific Northwest’s reader-supported, independent, non-profit electronic journal, Crosscut strives to provide our readers with the facts and analysis they need to intelligently participate in civic discourse on politics, culture and technology.

Why should I support Crosscut?

Crosscut is a 501(c)(3), reader-supported, independent news site. By becoming a sustaining of Crosscut, your contribution keeps our content free and accessible to everyone in the Northwest and beyond. Memberships are tax-deductible, and you’ll receive many perks in return, including:

  • Invitations to exclusive Crosscut member events
  • Member Discounts on all Crosscut events (including Civic Cocktail, Courage Awards, and the Community Idea Lab)
  • Free downloads of all Crosscut eBooks
  • Quarterly membership report from our Editor-in-Chief

What’s the difference between a subscriber and a member?

Subscribers can read and comment on Crosscut stories for free. Members make a financial contribution to Crosscut and receive member benefits and recognition. Also, members are the ones who make it possible for subscribers to access Crosscut for free.

Is my Crosscut membership tax-deductible?

Yes. Crosscut Public Media is a not for profit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Can I auto-renew my membership on a monthly or annual basis?

Yes! Please and thank you! When making your gift, you can select the MONTHLY or ANNUALLY buttons so that your contribution continues to sustain Crosscut’s independent, in-depth, free news for all.

Am I a current member?

You can call or email our membership team at membership@crosscut.com or 206-382-6137 to find out the status of your membership.

How do I have my employer match my gift?

Ask your employer if they offer a matching program, or submit a match request to stretch your gift even further. Have questions? Call or email our membership team at membership@crosscut.com or 206-382-6137.

How long does my membership last?

Membership lasts for one year from the date of your contribution. You can also become a sustaining member by making an ongoing, monthly gift.

Can I submit a donation by check or over the phone?

Absolutely! You can mail your contribution to:

Crosscut Public Media

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To make a donation over the phone, you can call us at 206.382.6137.

Why does Crosscut highlight news from other sites? Do we really need a middleman to navigate Internet news?

If you’re like most people, you don’t have time to read two or three daily papers and a handful of blogs, any of which on any given day might have something you shouldn’t miss. Crosscut finds and highlights the best local journalism and the best local commentary, whether it’s the work of the biggest metropolitan daily newspaper or a part-time blogger. We link to whoever’s got the best stuff, focusing on good journalism not ideological consistency. Other media sites aren’t likely to steer you to a competitor’s version of news, even if it’s better.

What is Crosscut’s editorial stance? Are you liberal or conservative?

Crosscut takes no stance as an organization except to encourage and strive for good journalism that is accurate, fair, civil, and transparent. Our political disposition is to encourage communities to find creative and sustainable solutions to major issues. That puts us in the zone of independent, bipartisan, “solutionist” politics. But we strive to reflect good reporting and commentary from many points in the spectrum. We do not have an editorial page and make no endorsements in elections.

Who owns Crosscut? What are your sources of revenue?

Crosscut Public Media is a division of Cascade Public Media, a tax-exempt nonprofit overseen by a board of civic-minded trustees. Cascade Public Media has 501(c)3 status with the IRS, and all contributions are tax deductible. Support for Crosscut comes from individual members, grants, sponsorship, and advertising.

Is there anything else like Crosscut out there?

There are similar efforts around the country. The closest parallels are Minnpost in Minnesota; Voice of San Diego in San Diego; the St. Louis Beacon; the New Haven Independent; New West in Missoula and other Rocky Mountain cities; The Tyee in Vancouver, B.C.; the Texas Tribune in Austin; and The Bay Citizen in San Francisco. The general definition of these sites is: all-local, Web-only, locally owned, news-oriented (as opposed to ideological sites), publishing daily, and broad range of topics. This new form is growing fast, with most of the sites nonprofits, such as Crosscut. Here’s a recent overview of the trend in a New York Times article.

Who are Crosscut’s writers?

Crosscut publishes its own journalism and commentary. In addition to our staff writers and editors, our contributors are contract writers, freelancers, prominent figures in the community or in a given field, and regular folks and specialists who have something to report or say. We welcome anyone who brings something new to the civic conversations affecting the area and the state. Contributors are paid on a per story basis, though some of our writers are on contract. We encourage you to send queries at any time, on any subject: editor@crosscut.com.

I have a question that wasn’t answered here. Who do I contact?

You can email or call our Membership Manager, Sherry Larsen-Holmes at membership@crosscut.com or 206.382.6137.

What is Crosscut’s history?

Crosscut was founded in 2007 by David Brewster. When it went not-for-profit in 2009, Crosscut joined the first-wave of local, independent, digital news organizations that included the Texas Tribune and MinnPost. On December 2, 2015, Crosscut merged with KCTS 9 public TV under the umbrella organization Cascade Public Media in order to build a more engaged and informed public.

Why did Crosscut merge with KCTS 9 into Cascade Public Media?

Crosscut merged into Cascade Public Media in order to fulfill a shared vision: a more engaged and informed public. This merger brings Crosscut reporters the organizational support to do their best storytelling, and will allow them to collaborate with multimedia producers. It will also increase our capacity for member engagement and recruitment to create a long-term, sustainable business model. Crosscut will maintain our individual and distinct presence and independent editorial voice.

How will the Crosscut/KCTS 9 merger affect my membership? Do you still need my support?

We need your support now more than ever. You’ll continue to see the facts and analysis on local issues you’ve come to expect from Crosscut on Crosscut.com. This merger will help us do more reporting thanks to greater resources and organizational support. It will also help Crosscut diversify our revenue streams, and membership will continue to be a crucial pillar of the Crosscut model. Your membership will continue to support independent journalism, and you have the choice to direct your donation to Crosscut.

Now that you’re part of Cascade Public Media, who is calling the shots editorially?

Greg Hanscom, Crosscut’s Editor-in-Chief, will continue to lead our editorial decision-making and strategy.

What is Cascade Public Media?

Cascade Public Media is the new legal name for the organization that includes Crosscut, KCTS 9, and What’s Good 206. The name change reflects our diverse offerings across media platforms.

Were any Crosscut staff laid off in the merger with Cascade Public Media?

No, there weren’t any layoffs. All of Crosscut’s and KCTS 9’s staff will maintain positions. In addition, many part time staff were moved up to full time.

What does the Crosscut staff think of the KCTS 9 and What’s Good 206 staff?

We think they’re pretty cool, and we’re looking forward to creating some interesting collaborations across platforms.

Job Openings

To learn about current job openings and internships at Crosscut, visit our Job Opportunities page.

Staff

Greg Hanscom, formerly of Grist, Urbanite, and High Country News.

Greg Hanscom

Greg Hanscom is the Editor-in-Chief of Crosscut, an award-winning journalist, and an authority on urban sustainability and the environment. Over the past two decades, Hanscom's writing has run the gamut from inner-city schools and urban redevelopment to tribal and public-lands policy. He is a former editor of the regional nonprofit magazine High Country News and the Baltimore-based Urbanite magazine.

Tamara Power-Drutis

Tamara Power-Drutis

Tamara Power-Drutis is the Executive Director at Crosscut Public Media. She is an inaugural Henry M. Jackson Foundation Fellow, and currently serves as a Trustee of the World Affairs Council, where she served on the board of the Young Professionals International Network for five years. With a background in strategic partnerships and communication, Tamara is the former Communications Coordinator at the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education, a research and policy center developing system wide solutions for K-12 public education. She began her career as a Research Associate at Ross Strategic, supporting diverse teams and executives working on policy and program development for national environmental information management systems. Tamara holds a B.A. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University, where she served as the Vice President of the Associated Student Body and was a Sustainability Fellow. Born in Tacoma, raised in Cheney, and now a resident of Rainier Beach in Seattle, Tamara is a product of Washington State.

Joe Copeland

Joe Copeland

Joe Copeland is a writer and editor for Crosscut, primarily overseeing political coverage. He has worked for Crosscut since 2010, covering most of the time since it became a non-profit organization. He was an editorial writer and editorial columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 2002 until its closure in March 2009. His editorial writing included the higher education, environmental and political beats. Before joining the P-I, he worked at The Herald in Everett as editorial page editor, city editor and a reporter. He has reported from Japan several times, most recently spending three months in 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar in Hiroshima. He and his wife, a community college dean, live in Seattle. They have two grown children, Sean and Cathy.

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Drew Atkins

Drew Atkins is the managing editor of Crosscut, and a frequent contributor. His work has appeared in publications throughout the country, as well as Seattle Magazine, Seattle Weekly, Geekwire, InvestigateWest, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle Business Magazine. He can be contacted at drew.atkins@crosscut.com. PGP fingerprint: 8F53 BC10 6805 AAF4 08C8 2EF0 5207 0768 D70B 8CFC

David Kroman

David Kroman

David Kroman is the city reporter for Crosscut. A Bainbridge Island native, David has also worked as a teacher, winery cellar hand, shellfish farmer and program director of a small non-profit. His Twitter is @KromanDavid and his e-mail is david.kroman@crosscut.com.

Cambria Roth

Cambria Roth

Cambria Roth is Crosscut's Audience Engagement Coordinator. She focuses on writing, reporting, editing, social media, and engaging readers like you. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in journalism, she moved to Portland and now Seattle. When she isn't tweeting and Facebooking her fingers to the bone, she enjoys getting outside to take walks, hike, paddleboard, and snowshoe. Find her on Twitter @CambriaRoth.

Jonah Fruchter

Jonah Fruchter

Jonah Fruchter is Corporate Development Manager for Crosscut and KCTS9. Jonah comes to Crosscut with a diverse background in both the private and nonprofit sector. After founding his own nonprofit, Jonah realized he enjoyed using his marketing and sales skills to raise money for organizations he cared about. Since his friends and girlfriend have a limit for political conversations, Crosscut is the perfect outlet for Jonah's healthy addiction to high quality political news.

Sherry Larsen-Holmes

Sherry Larsen-Holmes

Sherry Larsen-Holmes has been involved with nonprofits in the Puget Sound region for over fifteen years, She has worked and volunteered for human services and civic agencies in fundraising and administrative capacities. From 2009 to 2013, she was Director of Administration and Grants Management at CPI. In 2013, Sherry worked as interim Executive Director at Healthy Start Kitsap. Prior to her career in nonprofit work, Sherry worked as a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation. Sherry received a BA in Business Administration and Certificate in Fundraising Management from University of Washington.

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Knute Berger

Knute Berger is Mossback, Crosscut's chief Northwest native. He also writes the monthly Grey Matters column for Seattle magazine and is a weekly Friday guest on Weekday on KUOW-FM (94.9). His newest book is Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice, published by Sasquatch Books. In 2011, he was named Writer-in-Residence at the Space Needle and is author of Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. You can e-mail him at mossback@crosscut.com or follow him on twitter @KnuteBerger.

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Florangela Davila

Florangela Davila is Contributing Arts Editor at Crosscut. A freelance journalist, she is also editor of Forterra's Ampersand magazine as well as a regular contributor to NPR-affiliate KPLU-FM. She's a former faculty member at the University of Washington and a former reporter at The Seattle Times. You can email her at florangela.davila@crosscut.com.

Art Thiel

Art Thiel is co-founder of Sportspressnw.com and a former sports columnist for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His latest book, "Russell Wilson: Standing Tall," is available on amazon.com.

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Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz

Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz is a rising senior at the University of Washington studying political science. She recently returned from a semester spent in Washington D.C. where she worked on the hill as a legislative assistant for the UPS Office of Public Affairs. Before coming to Crosscut, she interned in the disciplinary office of the Washington State Bar Association, which made her reconsider her aspirations of becoming a lawyer. In her free time Sangeeta enjoys art, reading, and fitness.

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Crosscut publishes news, commentary, and just about anything that is non-fiction. Our broad definition of news is anything people want or ought to know. Commentary is opinionated or rhetorical expression. Crosscut also welcomes content that suggests new ideas or ways of looking at problems.

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