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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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Who Should Own Police Body Camera Videos?

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Former FBI Director To Lead Probe Of Russian Meddling

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A Look At Mueller's Experience With Investigations

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A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack on a laptop in Beijing. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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From Kill Switch To Bitcoin, 'WannaCry' Showing Signs Of Amateur Flaws

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Orders Tougher Sentences For Drug Defendants

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray reads a statement saying he is dropping his re-election bid for a second term. Last month, a man filed a lawsuit claiming he was sexually abused by Murray in the 1980s when he was a teenager. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Seattle Mayor Drops Re-Election Bid, Says Sex Abuse Allegations Are Untrue

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A Baton Rouge, La., police officer redirects traffic away from a protest march following the death of Alton Sterling last July. Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images hide caption

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Fact Check: Are Prosecutors Too Quick To Let The Police Off?

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Alton Sterling Case Raises Questions About Prosecution Of Police Officers

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States Introduce New Legislation To Protect Internet Privacy

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Workers prepare a gravel pad as a massive crane is used to lift a 2,000-ton section of the tunnel boring machine known as "Bertha" in March 2015. The project was stalled for two years as engineers struggled to repair the gigantic machine. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Bertha Finally Breaks Through In Seattle

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Police Warning Shots May Be In For A Comeback

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The New Orleans Police Department was one of the first big police departments in the U.S. to embrace the use of body cameras. Sean Gardner/Getty Images hide caption

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New Orleans' Police Use Of Body Cameras Brings Benefits And New Burdens

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A New Orleans police officer strings up used crime scene tape at the scene of a drive-by shooting in the Central City neighborhood. One hundred people were shot in New Orleans by Feb. 10 — about a month sooner than recent years. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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New Orleans And The Hard Work Of Pushing Down The Murder Rate

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The Call-In: Answering Your Questions About 'Sanctuary Cities'

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