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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In this video, Amazon's Ranju Das demonstrates real-time facial recognition to an audience. It shows video from a traffic cam that he said was provided by the city of Orlando, where police have been trying the technology out. Amazon Web Services Korea via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Orlando Police Testing Amazon's Real-Time Facial Recognition

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Okanogan County Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Brown surveys the debris left over from an illegal pot farm that had masqueraded as a legal operation. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Despite Legalization, Marijuana Black Market Hides In Plain Sight

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NEC Corporation of America already supplies many American jurisdictions with still photo facial recognition. Now the company says it's getting law enforcement inquiries about its real-time facial recognition. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Real-Time Facial Recognition Is Available, But Will U.S. Police Buy It?

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Why The Waffle House Shooting Suspect Had Access To Guns After His Were Seized

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Hundreds of BLM protesters marched through the streets of Sacramento on March 30 demanding justice for Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police on March 18. An independent autopsy commissioned by the Clark family revealed that Stephon Clark had been shot eight times with most of the shots hitting him in the back. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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After Stephon Clark Shooting, Questions Remain About Police Use Of Force

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Policing Since Ferguson: What's Changed?

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Sacramento Residents Concerned Over Video Showing Police Shooting Unarmed Man

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Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference last year. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Marysville Pilchuck High School, north of Seattle. In October 2014, a freshman shot five students in the cafeteria, visible in the background. It has been locked and off-limits since the shooting. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Despite Heightened Fear Of School Shootings, It's Not A Growing Epidemic

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Police vehicles line up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after the shooting that killed 17 people last month. Officers were frustrated when the Broward County radio dispatch system seemed to be jammed. Gaston De Cardenas /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Years After Sept. 11, Critical Incidents Still Overload Emergency Radios

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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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