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Martin Kaste

Correspondent, National Desk, Seattle

Martin Kaste is a correspondent on NPR's National desk. He covers law enforcement and privacy, as well as news from the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to general assignment reporting in the U.S., Kaste has contributed to NPR News coverage of major world events, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 uprising in Libya.

Kaste has reported on the government's warrant-less wiretapping practices as well as the data-collection and analysis that go on behind the scenes in social media and other new media. His privacy reporting was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 United States v. Jones ruling concerning GPS tracking.

Before moving to the West Coast, Kaste spent five years as NPR's reporter in South America. He covered the drug wars in Colombia, the financial meltdown in Argentina, the rise of Brazilian president Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and the fall of Haiti's president Jean Bertrand Aristide. Throughout this assignment, Kaste covered the overthrow of five presidents in five years.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Kaste was a political reporter for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul for seven years.

Kaste is a graduate of Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota.

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Trump Vows To End 'Sanctuary Cities,' But No One Can Agree What That Label Means

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What Trump's Election Means to Police — And Police Reform

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A new ballot measure in Washington will determine if courts can take away guns from people deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others. The initiative is well-funded and comes two years after the state passed a different initiative for background checks on gun sales, including those that are private. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Gun Control Groups Aim Their Money At States — And The Ballot

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After New York Shooting, Police Say Officials Are Prejudging Cops

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New Details Emerge On How Police Use Social Media

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Seattle Swings Between Hounding The Homeless And Leaving Them Alone

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Protesters Demand Tape Of Police Shooting Of Black Man Be Released

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Police Reform Is Happening, But It's Hard To Track

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Thanks To Sept. 11 Security 'Inertia,' Restrictions Still Shape Public Spaces

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Groups Worry About Impact Of Police Moves To Block Social Media

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2 Sheriff's Deputies Won't Be Prosecuted In Idaho Rancher's Death

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Crime Dropped In New York Under William Bratton's Tenure

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