Ben Trefny

News Executive Editor

Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams.  He earned a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 2000, and got his start in public radio at NPR member station KLCC in Eugene.  After freelancing for numerous magazines and working for various commercial and public radio programs, Ben joined KALW in 2004.  Since then, under the leadership of news director Holly Kernan, he has helped the department win numerous awards for long- and short-form journalism.  He has also helped train dozens of radio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.  Ben lives with his wife and twin children in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district, where Golden Gate Park meets Ocean Beach, and spends as much time as he can outside.

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5:00pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents Presents: A Practical Guide to Disaster

Crosscurrents Presents: A Practical Guide to Disaster

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5:47pm

Tue April 8, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Urban Astronomer: A look at the Earth from the Moon

Paul Salazaar is the Urban Astronomer.
Ben Trefny

Paul Salazar, or – as he calls himself on his blog – the Urban Astronomer recently joined KALW’s Ben Trefny in studio to talk about what’s up with the universe.

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7:28pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Seniors in Tech City: An interview with journalist Paul Kleyman

A senior in San Francisco
Paul Kleyman

More than one in ten people living in the densely packed Tenderloin and mid-Market neighborhoods are age 65 or older, and that percentage is expected to grow significantly in the next decade.

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6:20pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Fresh Fruits, Broken Bodies: the lives of migrant workers

Viviana Aguirre, UFW union worker at Muranaka Farms in Oxnard, CA

While it can be difficult for some San Francisco residents to find healthy food in their own neighborhood, you might be surprised to learn that the very people who pick our produce also have trouble finding healthy food to eat. Anthropologist and physician Seth Holmes spent five years in the fields - living in labor camps, picking fruit and crossing the border with migrant workers - in order to learn more about what challenges they face. He documented his experiences in his book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies to get a better insight into our food and health care system. 

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5:45pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Airbnb

The New Gold Rush: How tourist rentals are affecting San Francisco’s housing market

Can this property be legally rented to tourists?
Ben Trefny

The sharing economy in San Francisco is humming. Companies like Airbnb have figured out how to make a lot of money by using existing housing stock to meet consumer demand, which in Airbnb’s case is coming from tourists. Fast Company magazine declared AirBnB will soon become “the world’s largest hotel chain – without owning a single hotel.”

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