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Libby Denkmann

Host, Soundside


Libby Denkmann has covered veterans issues, homelessness and local politics during her radio journalism career. She became the host of KUOW's Soundside in November 2021. Previously she was a producer, reporter, anchor and host for stations KIRO, KFI and KPCC in Seattle and Los Angeles. During a yearlong hiatus from journalism in 2011, she worked as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C.. Libby was born in Seattle, grew up on the eastside, and graduated from the University of Washington. Her favorite things include soccer, video games and her dog, Monty.

Location: Seattle

Languages: English, limited Japanese and Portuguese

Pronouns: she/her



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    Soundside has your February film festival picks

    With chilly winter weather in full effect, there’s nothing better than a cozy trip to the movies. Soundside host Libby Denkmann caught up with a few people working across our region to bring movie magic to audiences of all ages this month.

  • caption: In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, trees burn at the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, Sunday, July 25, 2021.

    Is climate trauma rewiring our brain?

    In 2020, an unprecedented wildfire nearly burned down the entire towns of Malden and Pine City. In 2021, severe flooding in Whatcom County submerged 75% of homes in Sumas. That same year, a heat dome brought record breaking triple digit temperatures to the Pacific Northwest. These climate events forever change the communities that survive them, and the changes go beyond the visible damage. Climate trauma may also be impacting people’s brains.

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    How do you protect kids online... from their own parents?

    Tiktok, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram - there are lots of platforms where posting your kids can be a full-time job. And with pays for views and brand deals, a pretty lucrative one. A renewed push in Olympia would protect children against parents who reveal their private lives and growing pains on social media.