About Crosscut

At Crosscut, we believe that an informed public is essential to solving 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.

Greg Hanscom is the executive editor of Crosscut and KCTS 9 public television. In his more than two decades as a journalist, 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.

Florangela Davila is the managing editor at Crosscut. A veteran Seattle journalist, she worked for 14 years as a staff reporter covering race, immigration and features at The Seattle Times. She’s been a longtime arts contributor to KNXK-FM as well as Crosscut. Her work has also appeared on NPR and in Seattle magazine. Florangela is a former faculty member at the University of Washington. Prior to Crosscut, she served as the Voices of the Region director for Seattle nonprofit Forterra where she launched Ampersand the print magazine and executive produced Ampersand Live, a stage show. You can email her at florangela.davila@crosscut.com.

Knute Berger is Crosscut’s Mossback. Born and raised in Seattle, he writes with his own Pacific Northwest perspective. He also writes the monthly Gray Matters column for Seattle magazine where he is editor-at-large, and is an occasional commentator on KUOW-FM’s “Week in Review.” He is the author of two books: Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice and Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. He was writer-in-residence at the Space Needle and has had a cocktail named after him at Ivar’s. You can email him at knute.berger@crosscut.com or follow him on twitter @KnuteBerger.

Joe Copeland is Crosscut’s senior editor, primarily overseeing political coverage. He has worked for Crosscut since 2010. He is the author of an e-book, “Peace Quest: The Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

David Kroman is the city reporter for Crosscut. He grew up on Bainbridge Island and likes to canoe. His Twitter is @KromanDavid and his email is david.kroman@crosscut.com. David also accepts sensitive information through the encrypted messaging app Signal at (206) 947-7926 and snail mail at 401 Mercer St, Seattle, WA, 98109.

Cambria Roth is Crosscut’s assistant editor. She focuses on editing, writing and curating Crosscut’s daily and weekly newsletters and more. Before Crosscut, she worked for Swift Communications, providing digital media for many of their newspaper properties around the country. Her work has appeared in Willamette Week, Forbes and Reno News & Review. Find her on Twitter @CambriaRoth or email at cambria.roth@crosscut.com

Lilly Fowler is Crosscut’s staff reporter. At Crosscut, Lilly focuses on race, immigration and religion, among other issues. She was born in Mexico and raised in Nogales, a small border town. Before joining Crosscut, she worked as a producer for the national program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS. Lilly has also worked as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and FairWarning, an investigative news organization launched by former Los Angeles Times reporters. Lilly’s work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon.com, Slate Magazine, Marketplace and other media outlets. You can email her at lilly.fowler@crosscut.com or find her on twitter at @LillyAFowler

Kristen M. Clark is a staff writer at Crosscut, covering the changing region of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Previously, she covered the Florida Legislature and state government in the Miami Herald’s Tallahassee bureau with the Tampa Bay Times. A Midwestern native and Michigan State alumna, Kristen also has also reported on government and political issues for The Palm Beach Post, the Lansing State Journal and The Forum in Fargo, N.D. Follow her at @ByKristenMClark and email her at kristen.clark@crosscut.com.

Mason is the editorial assistant for Crosscut and KCTS 9. A New Mexico native, he moved to Seattle for college to study politics and pursue writing. His work has appeared in The Santiago Times, The Huffington Post, Real Change News, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @Mason_Bryan93.

Matt Mills McKnight is Crosscut’s staff photographer. He covers a variety of political, social and environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys finding stories in his own South Seattle neighborhood, as well as researching projects throughout the rest of the city and region that he believes will inspire thought and discussion among readers. Previously he was a news photo editor at MSN News and a freelance photojournalist covering many of the region’s major news stories for a variety of regional, national and global news organizations.


Crosscut is a local website that publishes news and commentary. We welcome reporting and editorials on a range of topics, but we typically write stories about Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Vancouver B.C. We prize writing that informs and illuminates the people and problems facing our region in a clear and original way.

Our broad definition of news is anything people want or ought to know. Commentary is opinionated or rhetorical expression responding to the news or other editorials in the media. Read our guidelines for Commentary pieces here.

To submit a guest opinion or commentary piece, email oped@crosscut.com

Reported contributions can be short news pieces or longer features. We appreciate brevity, but if you have a story you believe warrants more space, we want to know about it. Read about pitching news stories and features here.

To submit a pitch, email pitches@crosscut.com. PLEASE DO NOT SEND PRESS RELEASES TO THIS EMAIL. Only use this email if you’re a freelance writer with a pitch. For all other inquiries, email editor@crosscut.com.

If you have an idea for a story you’d like us to write, use our Tips and Story ideas form to submit itPlease do not use this form to submit press releases, send those to editor@crosscut.com.

Job Openings

To learn about current job openings and internships at Crosscut, visit our Job Opportunities page on KCTS9.org.