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.”

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9:13am

Wed February 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 2.5.14 Edison & Hendrix

Fugitive Waves: "Edison" The Kitchen Sisters explore the ups and downs (and ups and downs and ups) in the life of the great American inventor.  Fugitive Waves is one of the shows featured in Radiotopia, the new podcast network from PRX.

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8:08am

Wed February 5, 2014
TELL YOUR STORY

StoryCorps is now at the San Francisco Public Library

StoryCorps, the national oral history project where loved ones interview each other, is now at the San Francisco Public Library's main branch. 

Visit the StoryCorps website to hear stories recorded in San Francisco, or make a reservation for you and someone you care about to visit the booth and tell your story. 

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9:54am

Tue January 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 1.30.14 School Discipline & Pete Seeger

Kyle Thompson

Life of the Law:  "School DisciplineAs the number of law enforcement officers on school campuses has gone up, so have the number of arrests. This month the Obama Administration issued recommendations for alternative forms of discipline -- but as the story of Kyle Thompson demonstrates, in the real world of schools, the issues are tricky.

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7:00am

Tue January 28, 2014
Politics

Special Coverage: State of the Union

Join KALW Tuesday at 6pm for special coverage of President Obama's State of the Union Address.

We'll begin BBC's with live coverage from Washington, and when the President's speech ends, Rose Aguilar will bring you reaction from independent analysts, and take your calls.

9:53am

Thu January 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 1.23.14 Historical Recreations

Warsaw's Nowy Swiat (“New World”) Street, c. 1915-1918; in 2009

99% Invisible "New Old Town" The rebuilding of post-war Warsaw.

The Memory Palace "Shadowboxing" The stories that were told about legendary boxer John L. Sullivan, and the stories he told about himself.

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