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Ben Trefny

Interim Executive Director

Ben was hired as Interim Executive Director of KALW in November, 2021.

He earned a Master's 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 many magazines and producing for regional and national commercial and public radio programs, he joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.

Ben currently serves as the President of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He also serves on the Journalism and Media Ethics Council at Santa Clara University's Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Ben lives with his wife near San Francisco's Ocean Beach, and spends as much time as he can outside.

You can reach him at ben@kalw.org.