Knute Berger

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Knute Berger (2015)

Knute "Skip" Berger (born December 5, 1953) is an American journalist, writer and editor based in Seattle, Washington, United States.

Berger is a columnist for, writing under the name "Mossback".[1] He is also Editor-at-Large and a columnist for Seattle magazine,[2] author of Pugetopolis, and former longtime editor of the Seattle Weekly.[3]

His writing focuses on Pacific Northwest subjects including heritage, culture, politics and historic preservation.

Berger writes frequently about World's Fairs, seven of which he has attended, including the Century 21 Exposition in his hometown of Seattle.[4] In 2011, Berger was named "Writer in Residence" at the landmark of the 1962 Century 21 Expo, the Space Needle, in anticipation of the Expo's Fiftieth Anniversary.[5] Commissioned by the owners of the Space Needle, he penned its official history for the anniversary in Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle, published in 2012.[6]

As part of the partnership between sister organizations Crosscut and KCTS-TV, Berger began hosting a short television series entitled "Mossback's Northwest" in 2018. In the series, he discusses a part of the Northwest's cultural history.[7]


  • Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes on Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice. Sasquatch Books. 2008. ISBN 978-1-57061-572-6.
  • Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle. Documentary Media LLC. 2012. ISBN 978-1-933245-25-6.


  1. ^ "Knute Berger (bio)". Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "Knute Berger". Seattle. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Knute Berger at Evergreen State College (bio)". Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  4. ^ ""The Expo As Change Agent" by Knute Berger". The Atlantic Cities. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Space Needle Timeline". Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "Seattle's iconic Space Needle turns 50". Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  7. ^ Keto, Eric; Berger, Knute (March 26, 2018). "The debut of 'Mossback's Northwest'". Crosscut. Retrieved August 8, 2018.

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