Martin Kaste Martin Kaste is a correspondent on NPR's National desk.
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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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Gun Violence Protective Orders See Renewed Interest After Florida Shooting

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Honolulu attorney Michael Green, right, sits with his client, the former Hawaii Emergency Management Agency employee who sent a false missile alert to residents and visitors in Hawaii, left, during an interview with reporters on Feb. 2, 2018 in Honolulu. The ex-state employee says he's devastated about causing panic, but he believed it was a real attack at the time. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher/AP hide caption

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Who Should Warn The Public Of Nuclear War?

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In an effort to curb gun violence, Seattle police are now following up in person on court orders requiring people to surrender guns. Emily Fennick / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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What It Takes To Get Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands

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In Practice, Police Accountability Is Not The Main Function Of Body Cameras

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A Hawaii Civil Defense Warning Device, which sounds an alert siren during natural disasters, is shown in Honolulu on Nov. 29, 2017. The alert system is tested monthly, but now Hawaii residents will hear a new tone designed to alert people of an impending nuclear attack by North Korea. Caleb Jones/AP hide caption

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Nuclear Strike Drills Faded Away In The 1980s. It May Be Time To Dust Them Off

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Weighing Doubts About How Drug-Sniffing Dogs Are Used

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Law Enforcement's Limits To Stopping Shooters

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Officer Darrell Lobe of the Bothell, Wash. police department "proofs" a hidden-drugs test at the start of a K9 certification. The location of drugs in the vehicles was determined by rolling a die to prevent bias. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Eliminating Police Bias When Handling Drug-Sniffing Dogs

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Videos Reveal A Close, Gory View Of Police Dog Bites

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Det. Anthony Mannuzza (left) and police officer Robert Martin of the New York Police Department simulate a street stop during a training session. Colleen Long/AP hide caption

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How The Texas Church Shooter Was Able To Purchase A Gun

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Police Still Investigating Background Of Driver In NYC Terror Attack

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Police gather at the scene of Tuesday's attack in New York City. Andy Kiss/Getty Images hide caption

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"Pedestrian hit"

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Memorials for murder victims have become common sights in some parts of Baltimore. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Baltimore Police Overhaul Challenged By Murder Crisis

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