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 September 20, 2012
Howard Zinn biography

Today on Your Call: Who was Howard Zinn?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Martin Duberman, author of Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left.  The late historian, educator, and activist would have turned 90 this August.  Zinn is most famous for his book, A People’s History of the United States.  Duberman writes that Zinn felt he’d been “born with class consciousness.” Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. How has Howard Zinn’s life and works affected your own? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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