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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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Experts Talk Best Practices For Facial Recognition Technology

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San Francisco Is First U.S. City To Ban Facial Recognition Technology

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State Rep. G.A. Hardaway traces the spiraling number of firearms stolen from cars back to legislation passed earlier in the decade. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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More Guns In Cars Mean More Guns Stolen From Cars

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Institute for Justice lawyer Wesley Hottot in his Seattle office. On the wall is a framed illustration of him arguing Timbs v. Indiana at the Supreme Court last fall. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Defining What's Excessive In Police Property Seizures Remains Tricky

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Investigators Probe Software's Role In Deadly Boeing 737 Max Crashes

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New Zealand Mosque Attacks Raise Questions About Internet's Role In Radicalization

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Boeing Will Pause Delivery Of 737 Max Jets, But Continue To Build Them

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'Reasonableness' Standard For Police Is Under Pressure After High-Profile Shootings

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The House passed a background check bill that would allow federal authorities more time to conduct background checks on would-be gun purchasers. The bill faces long odds of being adopted in the Senate. Andy Clement/Getty Images hide caption

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks in support of firearm restrictions in 2017, as his wife, Trudi, looks on. The initiative passed, but some Washington state sheriffs are refusing to enforce all the measures. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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When Sheriffs Won't Enforce The Law

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Some Sheriffs In Rural Washington Refuse To Enforce New Gun Law

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How The Government Shutdown Is Affecting The Federal Bureau Of Prisons

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Trump Administration To Ban Bump Stocks, Similar Devices That Mimic Machine Guns

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