Knute Berger

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Knute
Berger
Editor at Large

A Seattle native, Berger has served as editor of  Seattle Weekly three times in the last two decades and authored the popular Mossback column on Seattle politics and goings-on. He is also the founding editor and publisher of Eastsideweek, one of the country's first suburban alternative weeklies and former editor of Washington magazine. Knute's column in Seattle magazine offers a critical look at the changing face of our city and region. As editor at large, Berger contributes his insight to Seattle's politics, culture and civic issues. Berger also appears weekly on KUOW's "Weekday with Steve Scher" to review the news of the week. His Mossback column is now featured on crosscut.com. He is author of Pugetopolis, which contains some of his best Seattle magazine columns and, more recently, Space Needle: Spirit of Seattle, the culmination of his work as the Space Needle's writer-in-residence.

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Bellevue is in many ways more “urban” than Seattle now—certainly, it’s racially more diverse, which is complete flip from the white-bread suburbs of the ‘60s and ‘70s

Faithless electors used to be a very rare thing, and this year, Washington’s were more faithless than any other state’s

The next four years will challenge Seattle, says Knute Berger. Are we up to the task?

The Age of Trump will test us; the citizens of Seattle will have to find outlets for their rage, but also find paths forward for self-improvement

I can still hear my John Muir Elementary School teacher admonishing us hyperactive second graders that “haste makes waste.” Recent decisions suggest the city of Seattle could learn from that.

Venerable C. C. Filson, the outdoor gear maker, puts down roots in Ballard. It took 119 years, but it’s a match that seems inevitable.

Selling tiles to raise funds for the Pike Place Market started in the 1980s. Today, you can buy a steel “charm” to help fund the market’s expansion

Old Pike Place Market tiles reveal intriguing Seattle quirks, says Knute Berger. Today’s generation now has its chance to make a mark at the Market

Last week was a good one for those who hope NBA basketball will one day return to Seattle. For one thing, Chris Hansen, hedge fund manager behind the proposed SoDo Arena, announced that he will no longer seek public funds to help him build a new basketball-and-hockey arena.

How historic preservation is boosting diversity at a time of gentrification.