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Martin Kaste

National Public Radio Reporter, National Desk, Seattle

In January 2005, Martin Kaste moved from the Foreign Desk to the National Desk -- and from Rio to Seattle. Before the move, Martin established NPR's South American bureau, traveling the continent covering the politics, economy and culture there for five years. Martin’s reports and features can be heard on all of NPR's news programs and newscasts.

As NPR's Pacific Northwest Reporter, Kaste roams Oregon, Washington, Idaho and even sometimes does some reporting from western Canada. He's focused on the security of the northern border, drug-smuggling, nuclear waste disposal, land use and western politics. He also goes farther afield, geographically speaking, including coverage of Katrina's aftermath in New Orleans and the native sovereignty movement in Hawaii.

During his five years as South America reporter, Kaste covered the drug wars in Colombia, the financial meltdown in Argentina, the rise of Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, and the fall of Haiti's President Jean Bertrand Aristide. All told, Kaste covered the overthrow of five presidents in five years.

Kaste joined NPR full-time in February 2000, after working in St. Paul as a political reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, which he joined in 1993.

Kaste received his bachelor's degree in English from Carleton College. Kaste is married to Amy Radil, and they're the proud parents of Grace, a Rio de Janeiro native.