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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5:17pm

Tue January 28, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

A father reflects on the daily realities of parenting as a team

Living a balanced life requires an early morning for KALW's executive news editor Ben Trefny. It takes getting up before 6am to prepare lunch, and then breakfast, for his family, and that's just the start. In this commentary, he reflects upon the efforts he and his working wife make to give what they want to their kids and to each other.

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4:19pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

San Francisco's oldest news source gets a new managing editor

Courtesy of SFGate

The San Francisco Chronicle has undergone radical transformations over the last several years. It's had to. In 2009, its readership dropped faster than any other newspaper in the country – 50 percent in just three years. While its reporterscontinue to win awards for their investigative journalism, the number of people actually reading that work in the paper has declined precipitously.

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4:18pm

Wed January 15, 2014

8:03am

Fri December 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

The Burritoeater's last slab

Charles Hodgkins, aka 'The Burritoeater,' and KALW's Ben Trefny
Jonathan Lifeson Smith

Charles Hodgkins and I are walking with several other burrito-eaters through the Mission District. He’s clearly the boss, though. It’s not just the T-shirt he’s wearing that says ‘Burrito Expert’ in Comic Sans. It’s that he’s earned that title by reviewing 999 burritos at his website burritoeater.com. He is the Burritoeater. And today he will review his final slab.

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5:03pm

Thu December 19, 2013
Arts & Culture

The State of Media: Interview with Joaquin Alvarado from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Reporting difficult stories requires journalists to go beyond headlines and sound bites. Unraveling complex issues means taking the time to dig deep--to go beyond the obvious and try to piece together sometimes hidden and conflicting facts to tell as complete a story as possible.

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