Knute Berger

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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 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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He put Seattle on the map by turning the fair into a global phenomenon, but his attempt at recreating Roger Maris' record-setting home run catch was a big swing and a miss.

As some of Seattle’s eateries close, Knute Berger weighs in on what the phrase ‘We are what we eat’ really means

Knute Berger considers historian David Buerge's in-depth book that puts flesh on the city’s namesake

Our progressive region may seem like an odd place for the alt-right. But Knute Berger explains why that’s a myth.

Finding respite from the endless crush of the news cycle along the shores of Lake Washington.

The leaflets and stickers were spotted in Washington and Oregon.

Evergreen State College became embroiled in the recent anti-college uproar.

One of the region's greatest capers would've been right up the CNN host's outlaw alley.