Martin Kaste

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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3:38 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Paper Outraged After FBI Used Fake 'Seattle Times' Site To Install Spyware

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:30 pm

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Around the Nation
4:15 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Washington Case Revives Debate About 'Contagious' Mass Shootings

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 8:47 pm

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Law
3:32 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Should Police Be Able To Keep Their Devices Secret?

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:58 am

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Politics
6:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

In Alaska Race For Governor, Democrats Try An Unusual Tactic: Dropping Out

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell was supposed to be cruising to re-election, but he's now in a serious contest against a non-partisan ticket.
Mark Thiessen AP

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:46 pm

This November, for the first time since Alaska became a state, the ballot won't include a Democratic candidate for governor. The Democrats had a candidate, Byron Mallott, but around Labor Day, he dropped out — in order to sign up as a running mate for a non-partisan candidate named Bill Walker.

His decision to drop out was part of a negotiated deal between the Democrat and Walker, neither of whom had enough support on his own to beat the incumbent Republican, Sean Parnell.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Fueled By Outside Money, Alaska Candidates Struggle To Connect At Home

Dan Sullivan, Republican candidate for election to the U.S. Senate, fired back when his opponent attacked him for having a non-resident Alaska fishing license.
Becky Bohrer AP

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:26 pm

Politics in Alaska is an intimate business. People expect to reach their senators on the phone, and they refer to their candidates by their first names.

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