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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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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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Authorities Hope To Avoid Knee-Jerk Reaction To Crime Stats

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As Trump Moves Forward On Immigration Plan, 'Sanctuary Cities' Push Back

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Chicago Police Often Used Excessive Force, DOJ Report Finds

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Newly hired Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Russell Aldrich chats with strangers in a shopping mall. The exercise is meant to help rookies build up the subtle people skills that older police trainers claim are lacking among many millennial recruits. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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In Social Media Age, Young Cops Get Trained For Real-Life Conversation

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Police Officers Fear More For Their Safety, Pew Survey Finds

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At Confirmation Hearing, Sen. Sessions Links Police Morale To Crime Spike

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Police watch activists gather in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on July 7, as they march up Fifth Avenue in response to two recent fatal shootings of black men by police. Later, after a peaceful march in Dallas, a sniper targeting police killed five officers and wounded several others before he was killed. Yana Paskova/Getty Images hide caption

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How The Perceived 'War On Cops' Plays Into Politics And Policing

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A sign marks the border between Canada and the U.S. near Beecher Falls, Vt. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Police And Illegal Immigration: What Our Neighbors Do

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