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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5:00pm

Thu November 28, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: November 28, 2013

Marlena's Curtain Call: a documentary remembering a Hayes Valley gay bar and community hub.

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4:29pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

A Cinematic Study of Fog: Interview with filmmaker Sam Green

Filmmaker Sam Green

The San Francisco Bay Area is famous for something that affects everybody’s visibility: fog.

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5:51pm

Tue November 5, 2013
Politics

What's really forcing the USPS into bankruptcy?

Berkeley Post Office
Under CC license from Flickr user Steve Rhodes

Earlier this year, demonstrators staged a “camp-out” on the steps of Berkeley Post Office building, which dates to 1914. Residents don’t want to see it go, but it’s part of a much larger plan by the US Postal Service to sell some of its $85 billion real estate portfolio.

Investigative reporter Peter Byrne has written an e-book that explores the rationale behind the sales, taking on the behind-the-scenes issues that are forcing the Postal Service toward bankruptcy. The e-book is called “Going Postal: US Senator Diane Feinstein’s Husband Sells Post Offices to his Friends...Cheap.”

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5:30pm

Tue October 29, 2013
Politics

The State of Media: Interview with Al Jazeera America international correspondent Sebastian Walker

Sebastian Walker cut his teeth as a reporter covering the war in Iraq. He worked as a stringer for Reuters and operated an English language newspaper with fellow young journalists. 

"It was something that was criticized by a lot of more established journalists saying that without the relative experience reporting from that kind of a situation you really shouldn't be there, that's not the kind of risk worth taking," he tells KALW's Ben Trefny.

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10:09am

Thu October 24, 2013

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