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M. David Lee III

Executive Editor, Cascade Public Media

M. David Lee III

M. David Lee III is Crosscut’s Executive Editor, joining the team in October of 2021. Prior to coming to Crosscut, David lead newsrooms in Santa Maria California, Tallahassee Florida and Green Bay Wisconsin. He’s been in sports and news for 31 years.

Scheduled Appearances


A Third Party

Crosscut Festival 2023
Sat May 6, 2023 | 1:30pm

Andrew Yang ran for presidency on a platform that included proposals for a universal basic income, ranked-choice voting, and automatic voter registration. After dropping out of the presidential race, Yang founded the Forward Party, which aims to bring together people from across the political spectrum. Yang argues that the two-party system is broken and that we need a new way to do politics.

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M. David Lee III
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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

headliners gala

Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.