Denise M. Irwin is an arts activist and loves the vibrant arts community in Wichita. She is currently a member of the Arts Council of Wichita, the Arts Forum, and the Ulrich Museum of Art Salon.
She joined KMUW in 2008 following a stint at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City where she served as creative director and graphic design instructor. She worked at length with the Arkansas City community to revitalize its downtown through public art initiatives that included creation of four community murals.
A long-time listener and contributor to public radio, Denise believes in the value of public radio journalism and the diversity of funding that provides this editorial independence.
She is a graduate of Emporia State University (BS) and Wichita State University (MS). She is married to her best friend Rex. They have a daughter, Jaccie, who is a professor of rhetoric at California State University, Sacramento.