Leah Sottile

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Leah Sottile is an award-winning journalist[1][2][3] who lives in Portland, Oregon.[4] Sottile covered the Malheur occupation court trials for the Washington Post and Outside Magazine, and regularly talked about the trials as a guest on Oregon Public Broadcasting programming.[5][6][7] She is the host of the podcast Bundyville, produced through Longreads, and writes for Rolling Stone Magazine, Outside Magazine, High Country News and The Washington Post on the American West.

Sottile was also the music editor of Spokane, Washington's alt-weekly newspaper, The Inlander. She characterizes bands in Spokane as "willing to take a lot more risks," and also says that: "It's super easy to disregard Spokane. It's seen as a cultural void. But there is a really mobilized youth art movement here that's always anchored in the music scene. I've seen shows in boxing rings, art centers, [and] all kinds of alternative spaces. People in Spokane are scrappy about making it work. That's the backbone of the scene: making a party where there wasn't one before."[8]

Sottile won first place in a Society of Professional Journalists 2015 competition for the Willamette Week article "The Newest Portlanders".[2]

While on staff with The Inlander, Sottile won the Washington State 2011-2012 Mental Health Reporting Award for "The People Left Behind," which features "an in-depth exploration of a 13-year-old’s death by suicide and the broader issues of mental health and suicide prevention in Spokane and the Inland Empire".[3] She also won third place in a Society of Professional Journalists 2010 competition for "Blood Sport," an article on backyard wrestling in Spokane.[1]

Sottile was also a guest on KUOW-FM programming, where she talked about an article she wrote for Outside (magazine) about a legendary Bigfoot sighting by Bob Gimlin.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Eleven for '10". www.inlander.com.
  2. ^ a b "Congratulations to this year's Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest Winners - SPJ Western Washington". www.spjwash.org. 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b https://depts.washington.edu/mhreport/docs/2012%20Media%20Reporting%20Award%20Winner_PR.pdf
  4. ^ "Leah Sottile". www.leahsottile.com.
  5. ^ Ryan Haas; Dave Blanchard; Anna Griffin; Amanda Peacher. "'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 8: Gun Laws And Gun Culture In Court Bundy". www.opb.org.
  6. ^ Peacher, Amanda; Haas, Ryan. "'This Land Is Our Land' Update: Closing Arguments". www.opb.org.
  7. ^ Griffin, Anna; Wilson, Conrad. "'This Land Is Our Land' Ep. 12: The Aftermath". www.opb.org.
  8. ^ "Ten Spokane Bands You Need to Hear Now (And Why You Should Roadtrip to Friday's Volume Music Fest)". Seattle Weekly.com.
  9. ^ Radke, Bill; Martin, Matt. "How a Central Washington farmer became the Bigfoot seer". kuow.org.