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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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Coronavirus Updates: Social Distancing Guidelines Extended, Washington State News

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How New York, California And Washington Are Dealing With COVID-19

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Seattle Hospitals Brace For Wave Of COVID-19 Patients

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Prisons And Jails Worry About Becoming Coronavirus 'Incubators'

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U.S. Hospitals Fear Coronavirus Crunch

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After Coronavirus Deaths Near Seattle, Growing Concern About Illness In Nursing Homes

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Wash. Investigates More Possible Coronavirus Cases Amid Fears Of A Regional Outbreak

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U.S. Sees 1st Coronavirus Death

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Trump Administration Targets Your 'Warrant-Proof' Encrypted Messages

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Warrant-Proof Encrypted Messages Targeted By Trump Administration

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