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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5:37pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Fremont high school student honored as one of nation's top environmentalists

Fremont high school student Lynnea Shuck is being honored as one of the nation's top environmentalists. She and five others will receive the Brower Youth Award from the Earth Island Institute. The award is named after David Brower, an environmentalist who helped create the Point Reyes National Seashore and other nature preserves around the state and country.

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1:24pm

Tue October 21, 2014

6:18pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

Oakland Mayoral Race '14: Candidate Libby Schaaf

Oakland mayoral candidate Libby Schaaf

Libby Schaaf was born and raised in Oakland. She got into politics and worked with Ignacio de la Fuente and Jerry Brown before being elected to the city council, where she currently represents District 4 – which includes Montclair and Redwood Heights. Now, she's running for mayor.  

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6:08pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

Interview: Jazz and Syria Quintet with Reese Erlich

Oud player Coralie Russo and percussionist Vince Delgado are part of the Jazz and Syria Quintet
Ben Trefny

Since the Arab Spring, the world has been watching armed conflict escalate in Syria. This Friday, the 17th of October, the Bay Area has a chance to consider the war-torn country in a different way -- by how it sounds.  Classical Syrian music gets an American interpretation at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. The Jazz and Syria Quintet will perform and participate in a discussion hosted by award-winning journalist Reese Erlich. 

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5:15pm

Thu October 2, 2014
Arts & Culture

"Finding Gold" at the Mill Valley Film Festival

"Finding the Gold Within" is the latest documentary from Berkeley filmmaker Karina Epperlein. The film focuses on the story of six young black men from Akron, Ohio, making the transition from high school to college. They face racism and stereotyping on their journey; but each draws strength from a mutual experience: a mentoring program for adolescents that has taught them confidence and self-respect. 

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