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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6:39pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Cops & Courts

WEB EXTRA: Former SHU inmate Danny Murrillo shares his story

Exercise yard for SHU inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison
Nancy Mullane

Danny Murrillo grew up in Los Angeles county and was still a minor when he was sentenced to fourteen years in prison. He spent seven of those years in Security Housing Units, or SHUs. You can hear about the conditions he experienced there in this interview with KALW's Nancy Mullane about the ongoing hunger strike protesting SHU conditions and indeterminate segregations. 

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5:41pm

Wed July 31, 2013
Cops & Courts

A look inside the Security Housing Units in California state prisons

Hallway of SHU cells at Corcoran

Today is day 24 of the prison hunger strike in California. It started off with thousands of prisoners refusing meals, protesting the conditions in the Security Housing Unit, or what’s also been called solitary confinement. The number of strikers has now come down to several hundred, and last week one of them, inmate Billy Sell, died in the SHU at Corcoran State Prison. He had been there for 24 years. The CDCR has issued a statement that his death a suicide, but mediators are calling for an independent investigation to see if he had received proper care during his hunger strike.

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4:46pm

Thu June 20, 2013

6:54pm

Thu June 13, 2013
Education

Diana Diaries, Part 4: Graduation Day

High School Graduation
Under CC License from Flickr User Michael B.

Today is the last day of school for students in the Oakland Unified School District, and it also marks the end of a long year for student teacher Diana Arbas. We’ve been listening in on her radio diaries all week, as she struggled with classroom management and learned how to take better care of herself so she'd be prepared to help her 9th graders pass her class.

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6:11pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Education

Diana Diaries, Part 3: Putting ninth graders on a path to graduation in Oakland

Oakland High School
Karen Gordon

Diana Arbas has been retracing the ups and downs of teaching ninth graders at Oakland High School. In her first semester she was guided by a mentor, as she tackled some pretty big challenges – by December she was exhausted, and learned she had to take better care of herself if she was going to meet the demands of her classroom. By April, she was finally feeling in control. 

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