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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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Justice Department Announces Seizure Of Dark Web Marketplace

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Justice Department Reinstates Controversial Policy On Civil Asset Forfeiture

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Protesters gather outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on June 16, 2017, after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook. Steve Karnowski/AP hide caption

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Cop Shooting Death Cases Raise Question: When Is Fear Reasonable?

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Prosecutors Face Challenges Convicting Police Officers Involved In Shootings

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Friends, family and activists gathered for a vigil Sunday outside the apartment building where Charleena Lyles was killed earlier that day. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Seattle Shooting Raises Questions About Officers' De-Escalation Efforts

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Pregnant Woman Fatally Shot By Seattle Police Outside Apartment Building

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Right-wing protesters were met by a large number of masked, black-clad counterprotesters at The Evergreen State College Thursday night. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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FACT CHECK: Is Left-Wing Violence Rising?

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The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. Winner worked in the Georgia office of contractor Pluribus International. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Supporters Accuse Liberal Communities Of Hostility Toward Free Speech

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Trump Supporters Face Off With Counter Demonstrators In Portland

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Police Rethink Tactics In Light Of Opioid Exposure Risk

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