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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. He has been focused on police and use of force since before the 2014 protests in Ferguson, and that coverage led to the creation of NPR's Criminal Justice Collaborative.

In addition to criminal justice reporting, 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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Trump Visits El Paso In Aftermath Of Shooting That Left 22 Dead

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Debate Over Policing Free Speech Intensifies As 8chan Struggles To Stay Online

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Police Continue To Investigate El Paso Shooting As Death Toll Rises To 22

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Capital One Data Breach Exposes Over 100 Million Customers

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New Study Says White Police Officers Are Not More Likely To Shoot Minority Suspects

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Federal Government Plans To Resume Death Penalty After 20-Year Hiatus

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Seattle Police in a standoff with a mentally ill man who has claimed an alleyway and has been chasing people out of it with a drainpipe. After nearly two hours of negotiations, he gave himself up. Martin Kaste screen capture/City of Seattle hide caption

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Seattle Faces Backlash After Easing Up On Punishing Crimes Involving Mental Illness

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Criminal Justice Overhaul Sparks Backlash In Seattle

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Offensive Social Media Posts By Police Lead To Internal Investigations In Several Cities

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A southern resident orca whale swims in Puget Sound in view of Mount Rainier in 2014. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Whale Watchers Accused Of Loving Endangered Orcas To Death

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A law enforcement official stands at an entrance to a municipal building that was the scene of a shooting last week in Virginia Beach, Va. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Do Extended Magazines Facilitate Mass Shootings?

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The Role Extended Magazines Are Playing In The Gun Control Debate

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