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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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Another Week Of Testimony Ends At Derek Chauvin's Trial

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State Looked For Official Cause Of Death On 10th Day Of Derek Chauvin's Murder Trial

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On The 9th Day Of The Chauvin Trial, The Focus Was On The Science Of Breathing

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Jury Heard About Standards Of Use Of Force On 8th Day Of Chauvin Trial

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Week 2 Of Testimony In Chauvin Trial Examines The Use Of Force

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7th Day Of Chauvin Trial: Defense Builds Its Case That Rules Allowed Use Of Force

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Police Continue To Investigate The Boulder Shooting

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California reported a significant surge in unemployment claims this year for independent contractors, accounting for more than a quarter of all such claims nationally and raising concerns about widespread fraud. Above, a runner passes the office of California's Employment Development Department in Sacramento in December. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Fraudsters Still Claim Unemployment Relief, As Feds Pump Billions More Into System

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What Statistics Tell Us About Anti-Asian Bias Crimes

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In April 2020, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee did not list gun stores as essential businesses that could stay open during his Stay-at-Home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, some retail gun shops followed orders by then-President Trump and state Republicans who advised that the firearms industry could remain open. There was an uptick in gun and ammo sales. Karen Ducey/Getty Images hide caption

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Officials See An Increase In Arson Fires During Coronavirus Pandemic

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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After The Capitol Attack, Does Police MAGA Sentiment Cross The Line?

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Police Departments Search For Political Extremism In Ranks Following Capitol Riot

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Trump supporters attend an October rally hosted by Long Island and New York City police unions in support of the police in Suffolk County, N.Y. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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