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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4:56pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Prop 39 will close tax loophole, raise funds for renewable energy

Proposition 39, which passed on Election Day, will tax out-of-state businesses and earmark those new billions of dollars for clean energy programs.

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12:54pm

Mon November 19, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Urban Farmer Novella Carpenter

When you think of a farmer, you may picture an old curmudgeon in overalls and straw hat squinting out at a bucolic pasture, chewing a piece of grass as he slaps wildly at flying pests. Well, that was the old breed of farmer.
Novella Carpenter is one of the new breed, and she's raising her rabbits, chickens, and goats right in the middle of Oakland. She blogs about it at Ghost Town Farm, and she just published a book: "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer." KALW's Ben Trefny sat down with Novella Carpenter to ask her how exactly it all works.

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5:04pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Radical Idea: Trans-Bay bike path

Rendering of the bike lane planned for the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge
CaTrans

The new Eastern span of the Bay Bridge opens in 10 months. It will make for a seismically safe and beautiful ride for motorists, but for bicyclists ­­– not so much.

For two years, bicyclists will have to turn around before they reach Yerba Buena Island, because the old Eastern span will be in the way. And once it’s gone, they’ll have to turn around at the island anyway, because there are no plans to connect the path to San Francisco.

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11:05am

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Election results from around the State and Bay

City college students and faculty at the SF Labor Council/ SEIU election results party
Ali Budner

Updates on local and state elections from the KALW News team. 

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5:02pm

Wed October 31, 2012
SPORTS

Hundreds of thousands pack downtown SF for Giants parade

Today was not just any ordinary Halloween. The holiday coincided with the San Francisco Giants' victory parade, celebrating the baseball team's sweep of the World Series that culminated last Sunday. The parade,  featured a performance by Tony Bennett and appearances by Jon Miller and Dave Flemming – and of course, the 2012 San Francisco Giants players, drew a crowd of hundreds of thousands.

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