Matt Martin

General Manager

Matt Martin grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where he listened to Bob Edwards on Morning Edition while walking his newspaper route.

After earning a Master’s Degree in U.S. History at the University of Minnesota, Matt came to the Bay Area in 1997. He got his start in radio at KPFA in Berkeley, where he participated in the station’s news training program and went on to report, produce, and serve as a programming coordinator for the station, as well as getting arrested during the 1999 Pacifica lockout. 

In November of 2001, Matt came to KALW as a producer for Working Assets Radio – the program now known as Your Call.  In five years with the show, Matt worked with a great group of hosts, including Laura Flanders, Farai Chideya, and Rebecca Roberts.  In 2006, Matt took the reins as General Manager from his mentor Nicole Sawaya, and continued her emphasis on the development of high-quality, innovative local programming, in tandem with the best from global public broadcasters.

“Public radio has played an important role in my life – as a source of information and community, a place where I’ve discovered ideas and music, and am regularly reminded of the things in life that matter.  I want to make sure this resource keeps evolving to serve future generations of listeners.  And I can’t imagine a better place to tap its potential for crossing boundaries and opening minds than right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.”



Thu May 9, 2013

Thank you for making KALW's Spring Campaign a big success!

When it comes to public radio pledge drives, shorter is better.  That's why KALW's Spring Campaign was just seven-and-a-half days.  And thanks to the amazing community that supports independent, non-commercial media in the Bay Area, we made it to our big goal of $350,000.

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Thu May 9, 2013

Shorter is better!

When is shorter better?  On your commute.  When you're in the line for the bathroom.  Or in an awkward hugs.  And public radio pledge drives?  Definitely.

That's why the KALW Spring Campaign will last just seven days.  It starts next Thursday -- give early today and help keep it short.

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Tue April 23, 2013
FRESH AIR 4/24 at 9AM & 6PM

David Sedaris on Fresh Air

David Sedaris . . . Terry Gross . . . Fresh Air . . . Wednesday at 6pm.  Be there!


Fri April 19, 2013
Cops & Courts

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

After a massive manhunt that locked down most of the Boston metropolitan area, police apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whom the FBI had identified as suspect 2 in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Read more at NPR's The Two Way.


Fri April 19, 2013

Thank you, WBUR

Throughout Friday's unfolding developments in Boston, we were fortunate to be able to provide live coverage from WBUR public radio in Boston

We send our thanks to the team at WBUR, who did incredible work under great duress, and made that work available to public radio listeners across the country.