Navigating our future, exploring our past: Why Crosscut deserves your support

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The sound of wrecking balls echoes and cranes remake the skyline before our eyes. Someone has to care about Seattle’s past, right?

I’ve been with Crosscut since day one—that’s one thing that hasn’t changed these past eight years—and the reason I’m still here is that I get to watch the intersection between past and present.

My Mossback beat allows me to explore who we are, what we've done, how we came to be, and what it means today. It’s an incredibly rich vein of historical, cultural and political ore to mine with my laptop. In recent months, I’ve been covering preservation threats to Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market, dug into the white supremacist past of an old Seattle mayor, helped recover our Golden Age as a Bike City (it was in 1900!), and covered the controversy of a beautiful lake in the North Cascades with a racist name. I do this all with the hope that exploring our past will inform a better future for us all.

Getting to write about our collective heritage is an extraordinary privilege. No other Northwest writer has a beat like mine. No other outlet but Crosscut has made such a commitment to this kind coverage. And no supporters other than you have made it all possible.

With deep gratitude I ask you to continue that support with the same passion I feel for what we are doing here at Crosscut. I truly believe history will show that we can make a difference.

However, we still need your support to maintain the breadth and depth of local news and insight that you don't find anywhere else. Will you make a gift today to support Crosscut's independent, quality journalism?


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About the Authors & Contributors

Knute Berger

Knute Berger

Knute “Mossback” Berger is Crosscut's Editor-at-Large.