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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2:29pm

Thu February 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

WEB EXCLUSIVE: A conversation with "Shellmound" documentary filmmaker Andres Cediel

An extended conversation in which KALW's Ben Trefny interviews filmmaker Andres Cediel about what lies beneath Bay Street in Emeryville: a shopping mall, atop a toxic industrial center, atop a Native American burial ground.

Audio available after 5pm PST on February 16, 2012.

 

2:00pm

Thu February 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

What lies beneath Emeryville’s Bay Street shopping mall

Photo courtesy of http://www.shellmoundthemovie.com/

Just off Shellmound Street in Emeryville, an outdoor mall sits on prime real estate. It’s north of a maze of highways leading to the Bay Bridge. A quarter of a million drivers pass within honking distance every single day. While the Bay Street "Urban Village" was only established in the 21st century, the land it sits on has a very rich past. Rich enough to warrant a documentary film that uncovers several layers of unusual history.

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3:40pm

Tue February 7, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Local "environmental hero" calls for creative solutions to climate change

Ellie Cohen, president of PRBO, was named "conservation advocate of the year" by the Berkeley-based Bay Nature institute
Photo courtesy of PRBO

Today we begin our series of conversations with the Bay Area’s 2012 “environmental heroes.”

The Berkeley-based Bay Nature Institute recently named Ellie Cohen as conservation advocate of the year. Cohen is president of PRBO, which was originally the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Cohen to talk about her work.

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1:39pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Arts & Culture

Laughter Against the Machine: Comedy with a purpose

Laughter Against the Machine is (from left to right) Janine Brito, Nato Green, and W. Kamau Bell
Ameen Belbahri

Maybe you support the Occupy movement, or maybe you don't. Or maybe you take this point of view:

NATO GREEN: I want to be for the 99%, but I don't know if you realize this, that's a lot of people, including a lot of assholes. And most of us given the opportunity would be able to say, would want to be able to say, "I'm for the 99%, asterisk, except some people." And then we'd have our own lists! 

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1:34pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Politics

How will redevelopment cuts affect Oakland?

Under CC license from Sean Kelly. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thekellyscope/5077009404/

Yesterday, the lights went out for redevelopment agencies all over the state.

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