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Type Published on weekdays
Format Online newspaper
Owner(s) Crosscut Public Media
Publisher David Brewster
Editor Joe Copeland
Founded 2007
Political alignment None
Headquarters 105 S Main St,
Suite 330,
Seattle, Washington 98104
Website is a nonprofit, online newspaper based in Seattle, Washington, United States. Crosscut's stated purpose is to "produce journalism in the public interest".[1] Its content is mainly news analysis rather than breaking news like other online newspapers or blogs.



Crosscut was founded in 2007 by David Brewster,[2][3][4] who also started the Seattle Weekly in 1976 and launched Town Hall Seattle in 1999. Other investors included former Seattle mayor Paul Schell, former Seattle City Councilman and KING-TV commentator Jim Compton, and former KING Broadcasting Company president Stimson Bullitt.


Until November 2008, the site's editor was former Weekly and Seattle Union Record editor Chuck Taylor, who was also a reporter, editor, and graphic designer at the Seattle Times. He left Crosscut during its transition to a nonprofit. For almost a year, the site was edited by Brewster alone until former Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Seattle Times editor Mark Matassa joined in September 2009. Matassa only stayed with Crosscut for three months, leaving in December to join the administration of new Seattle mayor Mike McGinn.[5] He was replaced by his sister, former Times journalist Michele Matassa-Flores, and former P-I columnist Joe Copeland. Matassa-Flores left in the summer of 2011.[6]

Transition to a nonprofit[edit]

On November 17, 2008, Brewster announced that a switch to nonprofit status was being explored by Crosscut LLC, which necessitated temporary staff cuts.[7][8]

Brewster remained the only employee until September 2009, when grant funding finally materialized and Crosscut was able to hire an editor and support staff,[9] including an editor, an advertising director, and eventually a Web developer. Crosscut currently has seven employees.[10]

In October 2009, Crosscut initiated its first pledge drive. Nearly 400 people donated money to support the site's continued existence.

Notable writers[edit]

  • Knute Berger – former editor-in-chief of the Seattle Weekly. At the Weekly, Berger wrote "Mossback", a column about the idiosyncrasies of Seattle living, history and politics. After leaving the Weekly, Berger continued writing "Mossback" for Crosscut. His articles remain one of the most popular features on the site.[citation needed]
  • Ted Van Dyk
  • Steve Clifford
  • David Brewster


  1. ^ About Crosscut
  2. ^ Connelly, Joel (April 1, 2007). " brings a fresh news voice to Northwest". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  3. ^ Idealog:, new online daily for the Northwest, launches April 2, 2007
  4. ^ Pryne, Eric (February 14, 2007). "Weekly's founding editor to start Web newspaper". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Seely, Mike (December 17, 2009). "Mark Matassa Leaving Crosscut to Become Mike McGinn's Communications Director". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ Please take a minute to help us improve Crosscut
  7. ^ Eskenazi, Stuart (November 18, 2008). "Online news site Crosscut poised to switch to nonprofit". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Letter from the Publisher
  9. ^ Updated: Crosscut's new approach
  10. ^ Contact Us

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