Martin Kaste Martin Kaste is a correspondent on NPR's National desk.
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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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Weighing Doubts About How Drug-Sniffing Dogs Are Used

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Law Enforcement's Limits To Stopping Shooters

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Gory police dog arrests are now viewable up close on body cameras, dashcams and other video. Police Body Camera/City of San Diego Police Department hide caption

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Videos Reveal A Close, Gory View Of Police Dog Bites

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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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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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Trying To Better Detect Potential Mass Shooters After Las Vegas

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Authorities Detail How Shooter Prepared For Attack

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Why Did Stephen Paddock Open Fire On Las Vegas Concertgoers?

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FBI's 2016 Crime Report Reveals Increase In Homicides

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Federal Government Steps Up Disaster Response Efforts Since Hurricane Katrina

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