Ben Trefny

News Executive Editor

Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams.  He earned a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 2000, and got his start in public radio at NPR member station KLCC in Eugene.  After freelancing for numerous magazines and working for various commercial and public radio programs, Ben joined KALW in 2004.  Since then, under the leadership of news director Holly Kernan, he has helped the department win numerous awards for long- and short-form journalism.  He has also helped train dozens of radio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.  Ben lives with his wife and twin children in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district, where Golden Gate Park meets Ocean Beach, and spends as much time as he can outside.

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7:05pm

Tue September 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

Marin County artist Tom Killion weaves poetry into his work

This story is set to the music of Bay Area shakuhachi player Masayuki Koga, who runs the Japanese Music Institute of America. It’s from an album called Eastwind. All poetry in this piece can be found in the book Tamalpais Walking, by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder.

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3:23pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Politics

Labor Trafficking: Interview with Sgt. Tony Flores

Sgt. Tony Flores

Human trafficking is the second most profitable criminal enterprise in the world. It's estimated to rake in $32 billion per year after drug trafficking. San Francisco is one of the nation’s trafficking centers.

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5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: A restaurant owner who thinks differently

Jennifer Piallat of Zazie, with some of her employees
Dave Getzschman

 Jennifer Piallat has worked in most every aspect of the restaurant industry – dishwasher, waitstaff, chef, manager – and those experiences have informed her decisions as owner of Zazie, a popular bistro in San Francisco's Cole Valley. Her employees receive a living wage, and benefits, and she's testified about her philosophies and process before the U.S. Department of Labor.

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3:59pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Technically illegal: How thousands of property owners and renters are breaking the law

A demonstrator protests the short-term rentals of apartments in a building where residents have been evicted.
David Zlutnick

Activists gathered in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, last month, to call attention to part of the city’s housing crisis. They got together around a three-unit apartment building where flats are rented out to vacationers through an online broker. The protesters plastered the building with green stickers that said the tourist rentals there are illegal.

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6:30pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Candlestick Memory: Croix de Candlestick

Candlestick fan Fernando Aguilar

As San Francisco bids farewell to Candlestick Park, we’re talking to people about their memories of this iconic San Francisco landmark. Today we hear from seasoned Giants fan, Fernando Aguilar, who remembers the origins of the Croix de Candlestick.

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