Greta Mart

News Director

Greta Mart is a seasoned radio, web and print journalist thrilled to be joining the KCBX team. Most recently she served as acting news director at a public radio station in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Raised in the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles, Greta hails from a media family - her late father started his career as a news cameraman at KING TV in Seattle before he bought the world’s first commercially-available Steadicam and became one of Hollywood’s top operators. Greta spent every free moment during her high school years working with him as a gofer and camera assistant on scores of movie sets and music videos shoots during the heyday of MTV.

Greta earned a BA in political science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and spent a year studying history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She moved to the Bay Area in 1995 and worked for a few years in publishing before launching a career as a theater technician. After many freelance gigs as a stage manager and soundboard/lightboard operator, Greta joined the crew at Beach Blanket Babylon, the San Francisco comedic institution, where she served as prop mistress and made the magic happen backstage.

In 2005, a reporting opportunity sent Greta’s career on a new trajectory, first as a staff reporter for Robinson Newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, then as the staff reporter of the Martinez News-Gazette in the Bay Area. In 2013, she was accepted into the intensive two-year master’s program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where her thesis advisor was the food writer Michael Pollan and All Things Considered’s Kelly McEvers her instructor. At the J-School, Greta transitioned to broadcast radio journalism and has since worked at three Alaskan public radio stations - KCAW in Sitka, KHNS in Haines and KUCB in Unalaska.

Greta loves to hike, camp, cook and read. She considers Port Townsend, WA her hometown and when in the Bay Area stays aboard her ’30 Catalina sailboat berthed at the Berkeley Marina.

You can reach her at or on twitter @greta_mart.

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County officials took an oath of office this week as the latest members of the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara boards of supervisors.

Three supervisors were sworn in to serve on the San Luis Obispo County Board. John Peschong now represents District 1, filling the seat of retiring member Frank Mecham. Adam Hill again represents District 3, and Debbie Arnold was also sworn in, having been re-elected to District 5 seat in June.

Aera Energy  and Chevron have filed separate lawsuits against Monterey County, alleging the passage of Measure Z will shut down oil production in the county.