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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.
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