Martin Kaste
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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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Officials inspect the scene at the Seattle homeless camp along Interstate 5 where a car ran off the road and resulted in the death of a young man who was in his tent. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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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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Rick Johnson visits a scenic shoreline in Seattle that's home to A Sound Garden, an outdoor sculpture. The area used to be a popular destination until access was restricted after Sept. 11. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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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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Seattle's Bertha Tunnel Project Plagued By Financial Woes

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President Obama speaks as Terry Cunningham of the International Association of Chiefs of Police listens July 13 during a conversation on community policing and criminal justice at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Dallas And Baton Rouge Set Back Police Reform Efforts?

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Donald Carder wears his handgun in a holster as he pushes his son, Waylon, in a stroller at the National Rifle Association convention in Louisville, Ky., in May. Attendees at the convention are permitted to carry firearms under Kentucky's open-carry law. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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Gun Carry Laws Can Complicate Police Interactions

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Protesters camped out in front of the Minnesota Governor's Residence, calling for more "judgment" by police officers. Many say officers are too quick to shoot people whom they perceive as threats. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Are Police Being Taught To Pull The Trigger Too Fast?

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Ambush In Dallas Shakes The Movement For Police Reform

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Dallas Protest Organizer Recounts The Event's Deadly Turn

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Attack On Dallas Police: Special Coverage, The Morning After

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After Dallas Sniper Ambush, Police Warned To Be On Alert

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