About the Crosscut Festival
Journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.
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Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and President of the Board of When We All Vote. She also serves on the boards of Ariel...
A lifelong Seattle resident, Macklemore has always believed in using his platform, resources and creative pursuits to have an impact on social justice issues. Along with Ryan Lewis, Macklemore launched The Residency program in...
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park.
Julian Castro was the youngest member of President Obama's Cabinet, serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014 to 2017. Castro served as the mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas from...
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times...
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds honorary doctorates from The New School and the...
Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of the Donald Trump presidency. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for their reporting on...
Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law, and a lecturer at Yale Law School. Her previous book is the national bestseller Sticks and Stones: Defeating...
As Oregon’s U.S. Senator, Jeff’s goal is to make Washington work for working Americans. He is fighting to create good jobs for working Oregonians, protect consumers from predatory practices, and ensure that all Oregonians have...
Doug Baldwin Jr
Doug Baldwin Jr. graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology and Society before signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011. During his career he has become a Super Bowl...
Kshama Sawant is not a career politician. An activist with Socialist Alternative, she brings a passion for social justice to her work as elected representative of Seattle’s working people. An outspoken socialist who has won...
The Crosscut Festival kicks off with the Headliners Gala! The Gala brings our community together to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest. Providing funding for KCTS 9 and Crosscut, this special event honors newsmakers who take us beyond the headlines.
In 2021, Crosscut Festival will return in a hybrid format, including virtual sessions and events, plus socially-distanced arts experiences throughout Seattle. This special year of the festival will be available at no-cost.
A virtual Headliners Gala will kick-off the festival to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest. A fundraiser for KCTS 9 and Crosscut, this event honors newsmakers who take us beyond the headlines and the creativity of our community.
Festival programming will include a week of virtual conversations available online and select sessions will be broadcast on KCTS. Speakers from across the nation and around the region will join us to consider issues in politics, social justice, the economy, science, the environment, and the arts. Art exhibits, performances and interactive installations will take place around the city, bringing to life and supporting Seattle’s creative community.
Virtual Sessions + KCTS 9
Festival sessions will be available for live & on-demand viewing throughout the week and select sessions will be broadcast each evening on KCTS 9
Arts + Experiences
A creative journey around Seattle featuring interactive, socially distant arts and culture experiences
Exclusive perks like chef meals, mixology classes, gift totes, books, exclusive programming and more
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.
Crosscut Talks Podcast
Crosscut Talks podcasts feature recordings from every session at the 2019 Festival. They are available to listen and download everywhere you get to your favorite podcasts.
Exclusive Interviews on Crosscut Now
This limited series airs on PBS and features one-on-one studio conversations with headlining speakers at Crosscut Festival.
While leading the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano created the legal framework for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and invested heavily in border and airport security technology. In 2013, she left DHS to become the president of the University of California. She is the author of “How Safe Are We?,” a critique of American security measures in the age of cyberwarfare.
Crosscut Festival in the News
Crosscut’s news coverage of Festival topics and panelists will take you behind the scenes and give you deeper insights into the issues that matter to you.
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The 2021 Crosscut Festival will include online virtual sessions and events, plus socially-distanced arts experiences throughout Seattle. Stay tuned for more details!
Crosscut Festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and partners. See the full list of sponsors and find out about opportunities to support the festival on our sponsor page.