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Martin Kaste
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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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Michelle Gross (right) is a member of the Committee for Professional Policing, which is proposing a ballot measure in Minneapolis that would require police officers to carry liability insurance. Martin Kaste for NPR hide caption

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To Change Police Practices, A Push For Liability Insurance In Minneapolis

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British Columbia Declares Public Health Emergency Over Fentanyl Overdoses

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Orlando Fire Department Recordings Reveal Dramatic Scene Outside Pulse

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A Justice Department study indicates the "Ferguson Effect" may play a role in the rising murder rate in many urban areas. The effect, which refers to the 2014 police shooting death of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., represents a breakdown in trust between minority communities and police. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Murder Rate Spike Could Be 'Ferguson Effect,' DOJ Study Says

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New Mexico Ended Civil Asset Forfeiture. Why Then Is It Still Happening?

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Victims Of Civil Asset Forfeiture Criticize New Federal Rules

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Louisiana Moves To Extend Hate Crime Protection For Police Officers

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Data Initiative Aims To Help With Police Force Transparency

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The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and ensuing confrontations between officers and protesters highlighted a lack of national data on police use of force. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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FBI Director James Comey said this week at Ohio's Kenyon College that "I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape — I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop — I put a piece of tape over the camera. Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera." Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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The anonymous Web surfing system Tor is run by volunteers — and sometimes they get caught between the police and criminal suspects. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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When A Dark Web Volunteer Gets Raided By The Police

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When It Comes To Police Reform, Insurance Companies May Play A Role

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DOJ Finds A Way To Break Into Terrorist's Locked iPhone

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Authorities search for a suspect following the shooting that killed 14 people on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. The public was able to follow the manhunt by listening to police radio communications streaming online. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Police Radio Chatter Is Open To All Ears. But Should It Be?

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