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Crosscut Festival 2022

May 3–7, 2022

What is the Crosscut Festival?

The Crosscut Festival is a celebration of big ideas and bold thinking - a gathering of a community of the curious. Connect with noteworthy political leaders and newsmakers along with authors, journalists and experts focused on the most important issues of our time. The Crosscut Festival features firesides interviews, panels and special events that explore forward-thinking in Politics, Social Justice, the Environment, History, Innovation and more.










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The Experience

In 2022, the Crosscut Festival returned in a hybrid format, featuring an in-person keynote and streaming online events. Speakers from across the nation and around the region joined us to consider issues in politics, social justice, the economy, science, the environment, innovation and much more.

This year’s Crosscut Festival took place May 3 - 7, 2022 and included the following:

April 30, 2022

  • Headliners Gala fundraiser at the Museum of History and Industry 

May 4 - 7, 2022

  • Virtual programming 

May 7, 2022

  • VIP Reception at Town Hall (VIP ticket required)
  • Evening keynote at Town Hall Seattle featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Headliners Gala is an exclusive festival prologue on April 30 to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. A fundraiser for KCTS 9 and Crosscut, this event honors newsmakers who take us beyond the headlines and the creativity of our community. 

The Festival included 5 days of virtual panels and interviews from May 3 - 7 followed by an exciting keynote with Nikole Hannah-Jones at Town Hall. 

Crosscut Festival VIP experience

headliners gala

Attend our exclusive fundraising kickoff event to mingle with select speakers while supporting public media and local journalism.

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What is Crosscut?

Founded in 2007, Crosscut was a pioneer in the national landscape of local, online-only news outlets. Working out of coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall offices, its small team of writers broke fresh ground on topics such as transportation, homelessness and the reshaping of the urban landscape.

In 2015, Crosscut merged with KCTS 9 public television under the umbrella of a single nonprofit called Cascade Public Media. Today, our combined staff of reporters, video producers and web developers fills an essential role in the Northwest’s news ecosystem, focusing on politics and public policy, race and equity, arts and culture and the environment. We tell stories and provide context and analysis that helps people understand our fast-changing region and how they can be a part of shaping it for the better.