Anthony Fauci and other medical experts coming to Crosscut Festival

Crosscut Festival 2022 will host some of the leading experts in epidemiology, respiratory illnesses and health care solutions.

Trevor Bedford, Vin Gupta and Anthony Fauci

Trevor Bedford, Vin Gupta and Anthony Fauci will tackle COVID-19 conversations at this year's Crosscut Festival. 


BA.2, omicron, delta, the onset of the original COVID-19 virus … We’ve been through a lot over the past two years. While many things have changed since the onset of the pandemic, we are still navigating life with the coronavirus. At Cascade Public Media, home of Crosscut and KCTS 9, we understand that we are living in a changing landscape for live events, which is why this year’s Crosscut Festival is hybrid in format, featuring both in-person sessions and streaming online events. (Interested? Get tickets.)

Every year, journalists, politicians, authors and newsmakers from our Pacific Northwest community and around the nation come together at the Crosscut Festival to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives. And what has shaped our lives more in the past couple of years than COVID-19? 

Not only has the festival transformed itself because of the pandemic, the virus will be a topic discussed in a number of our sessions — including a conversation with Anthony Fauci. Our nation’s top doctors, thinkers and leaders are still working to get us through this pandemic, and we want to bring you the best information about staying healthy and navigating what comes next at the Crosscut Festival. Here are some of the COVID-19 sessions at the Crosscut Festival. 

It Changed Everything

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reflects on the life we left behind, the mistakes we made along the way and the world we face as we move ahead. Fauci will join us virtually on May 5. 

Trevor Bedford 

Dr. Trevor Bedford is a professor working in the vaccines and infectious disease division at Fred Hutch. Bedford uses powerful computers and complex statistical methods to study the rapid spread and evolution of viruses, including those that cause COVID-19, influenza, Ebola and Zika. He co-developed an open-source platform called Nextstrain that provides a continually updated view of publicly available viral genomic data alongside powerful analytic and visualization tools. He will join us in person May 7 at Seattle University as part of the Crosscut Festival. 

The Health of Our Health Care

The COVID-19 pandemic is breaking the U.S. health care system — but that’s only a symptom of the underlying disease. Pulmonologist and health policy expert Vin Gupta, Washington State Hospital Association President and CEO Cassie Sauer and NPR science desk reporter and editor Will Stone will discuss this issue in person May 7 at Seattle University. 

Mark your calendars and get tickets for these Crosscut Festival panels now, or review our full list of sessions

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