Martina Castro

News Managing Editor

Martina Castro is the Managing Editor of KALW News.  She started her career in journalism as an intern at National Public Radio in Washington D.C., and worked with NPR as a producer, trainer, and freelancer before coming to KALW.  Martina's independent work has been featured nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day, as well as the online radio magazine The [Un]Observed.

On KALW’s Crosscurrents, Martina has produced stories gauging the impact of the recession on the Bay Area, and also has focused on the arts like in her series The Audiophiles, a wide-range of conversations with creative people working in sound around the Bay.  She also edited and produced The Fault Lines, an award-winning series about the roots and solutions to violence in Oakland.  Martina likes to work in audio even in her free time – she makes radio in Spanish as senior producer of the new podcast Radio Ambulante, is a sound artist and designer for local art installations, and she sings with the San Francisco Latin rumba reggae band Makrú.  She’s also known to go out for an occasional surf. 

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5:38pm

Wed March 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

Local filmmaker honored at Ocean Film Festival

Each year, the Ocean Film Festival honors a local filmmaker with the Golden Gate award. Filmmaker Adam Warmington won the award this year for his film, "The Sunnydale Kids." In the film, Warmington takes a group of kids from an at risk neighborhood in San Francisco surfing for the day.

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7:14pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

Not your stereotypical ‘Surfer Girls’ at Ocean Beach

Photo by Flickr User Dave Young
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcysurfer/3274321844/ CC License

There’s no denying that the media has latched onto a stereotype of what it is to be a “surfer girl.”

DAYLA SOUL: Like they’re bikini-clad, jumping off of waterfalls and listening to cool girly music, you know? And I wanted something a little more edgy, something a little more of the reality of who we are at Ocean Beach.

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10:46pm

Wed February 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

Growing Up with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Ben Trefny

Thao Nguyen grew up in Northern Virginia, and started playing music at age 12. Since then she has released three critically acclaimed albums, and spent most of her 20s touring, including a national stint with NPR’s RadioLab. It was coming back home to San Francisco and getting involved in her community that inspired her latest album, We The Common. Thao tells us a little more about how she’s grown up through her music.

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5:09pm

Mon January 20, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

"The Race to an Emergency": A KALW News documentary tracing the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland

Lesley Philips and Sharena Thomas.
The People's Community Medics

If you’ve ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1, you or someone else probably needed help. Badly. And you probably assumed that after dialing those three numbers, help would come screeching around the corner, lights and sirens blaring.

Well, the residents of East and West Oakland say that depends on where you live.  In this special hour-long KALW documentary, “The Race to an Emergency” host Martina Castro and reporter Ali Budner trace the path of a 9-1-1 call in Oakland: from the dispatchers to the emergency responders. And they consider how geography and demographics figure into a crisis that has been brewing in Oakland for decades.

Click the player to listen to the hour-long documentary. For more information, links to sources, photos and data maps, please visit the documentary website, www.theracetoanemergency.org.  

Note: This piece first aired on October 8th, 2013.  To see the original post and hear the audio from that airing, click HERE.  

4:35pm

Thu November 7, 2013

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