Libby Denkmann

Veterans and Military Reporter

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Libby Denkmann is KPCC's veterans and military reporter. She focuses on stories about active duty servicemembers, veterans and their families in Southern California.

Libby joined KPCC in 2016 as a fill-in host on Take Two, and later served as interim host of KPCC's Morning Edition. She is a regular fill-in host for Larry Mantle's AirTalk on KPCC and her reporting can be heard nationally on APM's Marketplace Morning Report.

Before joining KPCC, Libby was the afternoon drive anchor and a reporter on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. She began her journalism career in her native Seattle with the CBS News affiliate KIRO Radio. During nearly a decade at KIRO, Libby was a reporter and producer of several programs: The Dave Ross Show, Ross and Burbank, and The Ron and Don Show. Her work was part of the 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the deadly Oso, Washington landslide. She is a graduate of The University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies.

Stories by Libby Denkmann

This tough-on-crime councilman doesn’t talk about his felony conviction

During his reelection campaign, first-term Victorville City Councilman Eric Negrete has positioned himself as tough on crime and against many recent criminal justice reforms in California.

500 immigrant military recruits discharged in a year

The Pentagon confirmed last week that more than 500 immigrants recruited to the U.S. military because of their specialized language or medical skills were discharged between July 2017 and July 2018.

'Ring of Red' play celebrates Chicanos' service in Vietnam

It’s hard to quantify how many Latinos served in the military during the Vietnam War, because at the time, the Pentagon didn’t officially keep track of ethnicity. All Latino troops were identified as white in official documents.

More cutting-edge cancer trials coming to Long Beach VA

The Long Beach VA is the site of a new partnership bringing the latest research on cancer treatment to Southern California veterans.

The VA is bracing for a "gray tsunami"of aging veterans

On a recent Monday morning in Camarillo, dozens of veterans, their spouses, and grown children settle into their seats at the Ventura County Office of Education, free coffees and sodas in hand, getting ready to hear lawmakers discuss what’s waiting for their families as they enter old age.

Army vet from L.A. may face deportation

A U.S. Army veteran who grew up in Koreatown wants to become a U.S. citizen, but her application has been stalled for over two years. 

Scabies has shown up at Victorville immigrant detention center

First chickenpox, now scabies at Victorville's federal prison, where thousands of immigrant detainees are being held.

Chickenpox case detected in immigrant detained at Victorville federal prison

More than 800 prison staff members at a federal facility in Victorville were notified this week that an immigrant detainee there has been diagnosed with chickenpox, according to a letter from the warden obtained by KPCC/LAist.

LA Supes vote to move ahead with new jail for mentally ill inmates

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move ahead with a $2.2 billion plan to demolish Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. and replace it with a 3,800-bed facility that will specialize in treating inmates with mental health problems.

The Bob Hope USO center at LAX is getting an upgrade

The Bob Hope USO center at LAX is about to get an upgrade. The new facility is in the base of the iconic Theme Building, more commonly known as the spaceship hovering in the center of the airport’s terminals.

Immigrant detainees begin arriving at the federal prison in Victorville

Immigration and Customs Enforcement began placing immigrants detained while crossing the border in federal prisons on Friday, marking the most wide-scale use of such facilities to house immigrants.

Were fears about major party lockouts real in California's top-two primary?

There was a lot of hand-wringing about California's top-two system heading into last night's primary election.  Both political parties feared getting shut out of races come November.

New program allows vets to use private medical care if VA too far

A new pilot program that could provide a glimpse into how private clinics may supplement VA care officially rolled out in the Antelope Valley on Thursday.

LA's veteran homelessness down 18 percent

The latest homelessness numbers are out, and there's some good news for veterans: the 2018 point-in-time count shows an 18% drop in L.A. vets living on the street.

How songwriting can mend the invisible wounds of war

'Why him and not me?' Writing songs helps vets process their invisible wounds in a program that pairs professional musicians with those who've served.