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.



Thu February 2, 2012

How will redevelopment cuts affect Oakland?

Under CC license from Sean Kelly.

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

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Wed February 1, 2012

Crosscurrents: February 1, 2012

A look inside California’s toughest prison; the politics of parole; a civil rights lawyer is fighting UC Berkeley police over gay rights; and the memory of George Moscone is adapted on the stage.


Tue January 31, 2012

How can we lower the student drop-out rate?

European Commission

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama proposed something radical, that dropping out of high school no longer be allowed. But that might be complicated. Every school district has tried numerous solutions to the dropout dilemma without success.

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Tue January 24, 2012

Painful cuts ahead for City of Oakland

Under CC license from jbertland.

Imagine, for a minute, that you’re Governor Jerry Brown.

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Tue January 24, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

California’s 425 redevelopment agencies owe nearly $30 billion, according to the state controller’s office...

The city of Oakland is planning to lay off more than 100 workers after losing $28 million in state redevelopment funds...

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