Isolde Raftery has been the investigations editor at KUOW since 2022. Previously, she was the station's online managing editor.
She has worked for NBCNews.com, The New York Times (where she was a fellow on the Metro desk in 2010), and the Columbian and Skagit Valley Herald newspapers here in Washington state.
Born in Ireland to an Irish dad and a French mom, Isolde grew up in Dublin, Paris and Seattle, where she attended James A. Garfield High School. She later graduated from Barnard College in New York City and received a master's degree in literary nonfiction from the University of Oregon.
You can send her tips and story ideas via email or, more privately, by Instagram direct message @isoldedenise.
Languages: English, French
Kevin Gallagher wore all black to teach his kindergarteners on Wednesday.
Did you have an illegal abortion before 1973, when the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade? Soundside, KUOW’s noon show, asked for your stories, and a dozen of you left voicemails, sharing first-hand experiences. Transcriptions of those voicemails are below, and have been edited for clarity.
Happy Friday, friends. An embarrassing email landed in our newsroom inbox this week.
The day after the snowstorm, which was two days after Christmas, Seattle Schools officials learned that 60,000 antigen test kits could be theirs.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. only came to Seattle once, in 1961. He was invited by his longtime friend, Reverend Samuel B. McKinney of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. KUOW's Isolde Raftery tells Kim Malcolm about the message he brought with him that would become his most famous speech.
There's a meme going around: "Omicron means parents are doing it all again.
If you're going by NextDoor, it sounds like an army of coyotes is cruising Seattle streets for pet cats. But cats may not be on the menu as much as cat owners fret. Patricia Murphy speaks with KUOW editor Isolde Raftery about why she started looking into coyotes — and what they like to eat. Turns out, coyotes may be to thank for curbing the city's rat population.
A construction worker was in serious condition on Wednesday after being electrocuted while cutting down a tree in Greenwood, at North 87th Street and Phinney Avenue North.
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People are so stressed out that they are grinding their teeth until they crack.