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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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How Seattle's Police Chief Has Navigated The City's Protests For Racial Justice

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Who Are The Protesters Who Make The Anti-Police Movement Not Entirely Peaceful?

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Customs And Border Protection Officers Criticized For Being In Portland

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How To Stop Police Officers From Getting New Police Jobs After Misconduct

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Seattle Police Forcibly Clear Protest Zone

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Seattle Officials Shut Down Police-Free Zone Known As 'CHOP'

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New Orleans Police Program Aims To Stop Police Misconduct, Reduce Burnout

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What It's Like Inside The 'Autonomous Zone' Near A Seattle Police Precinct

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Examples Of Reimagining Police Departments That Show Promise

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'Qualified Immunity': A Doctrine That Made It Much Harder To Sue The Police

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Why Police Departments Across The U.S. Use Different Tactics To Handle Protests

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'We Recognize That There's A Need To Change': What Police Think About Civil Unrest

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Minneapolis Police Were Sued A Decade Ago In Similar Restraint Case

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After COVID-19 Hit The U.S., Our New Reality Started

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