Martin Kaste i
Martin Kaste

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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Demonstrators march through downtown Chicago on Tuesday following the release of a video showing Jason Van Dyke, a police officer, shooting and killing Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder for the October 2014 shooting in which McDonald was hit with 16 bullets. So far this year, 15 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A refugee family from Syria visits a new refugees facility under construction in Vancouver, Canada, on Sept. 10. The country is expected to welcome some 25,000 Syrians by the end of the year. Liang Sen/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Carmen Cobian holds a photograph of her son, 26-year-old Christian Cobian, who was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in January 2012. Cobian is among the 375 people shot by on-duty police officers between 2010 and 2014 in Los Angeles County. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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Director Quentin Tarantino attends a march to denounce police brutality in New York City on Oct. 24. At the rally, Tarantino said, "I have to call the murdered the murdered, and I have to call the murderers the murderers" — drawing considerable backlash from police unions. Kena Betancur/Getty Images hide caption

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Police body cameras are seen on a mannequin at an exhibit booth by manufacturer Wolfcom at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago, on Oct. 26. Jim Young/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Photos of victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., are displayed behind Portland Police Sgt. Peter Simpson (left) and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Former Sheriff William "Dub" Lawrence, in a scene from the documentary Peace Officer. It's not his job to investigate old crimes and officer-involved shootings — but that hasn't stopped him from obsessing over them. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The funeral for Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth was held Sept. 4 in Houston. After Goforth was fatally shot at a gas station on Aug. 29, some spoke about a "war on cops." But while 2014 did see more officer deaths than 2013, one expert says that's not a sign of a statistically significant spike. Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images hide caption

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