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.”



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.


Mon April 15, 2013

BBC & NPR Ongoing Coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings

Click here for the BBC's current reporting the bombings in Boston or here for NPR's continuing coverage.

Stay tuned to KALW for news from Boston on the BBC and NPR throughout the day.


Sun April 14, 2013

Roger Ebert's rock 'n' roll

On this week's Sound Opinions, Jim and Greg remember a critical hero: Roger Ebert. In 2006, the three critics sat down to discuss the best and worst music movies and Ebert's own rock 'n' roll past.  Sunday at 2pm.


Wed April 3, 2013

Today on Your Call: How can we help kids deal with racism?

How should adults prepare children for racism and prejudice in society?  On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about how kids are facing a prejudiced world.  Studies show that the experience of racism can affect a child’s development and sense of self.  So what tools do kids need to cope with racism--both from their peers and from the world at large?  Join us at 10 or email  If you are a parent, educator, or someone who works with youth, how do you help them confront discrimination?

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