Matt Katz reports on air at WNYC about immigration, refugees and national security. He covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for more than five years, first for The Philadelphia Inquirer and then for WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio. He followed the governor through scandal and presidential candidacy and appeared weekly on WNYC Studios' Christie Tracker Podcast.
In 2015 Matt and a team from WNYC won a Peabody Award for their coverage of Christie and the Bridgegate scandal. The series -- Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power -- was WNYC's first Peabody for news coverage since 1944. In 2016, Matt's biography of Christie -- American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption -- was published by Simon & Schuster's Threshold Editions. Matt's experience covering Christie also shaped his 2016 TedX talk, Political Deceit in a Social Media Age.
Matt has written about politics for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic and POLITICO. Before covering the Statehouse in Trenton he spent time in Afghanistan, writing a series on reconstruction efforts for The Philadelphia Inquirer that won the Livingston Award for International Reporting for journalists under the age of 35. In 2009 his four-part investigation about Camden set the stage for an end to the state's takeover of city government. Prior to that, he was an award-winning reporter and syndicated dating columnist at The Courier-Post in New Jersey. He started his career covering local school board, zoning and council meetings for The Daily Record in New Jersey.
Matt has two young children, Sadie and Reuben, who listen to a lot of WNYC. Find him on Twitter @mattkatz00.
Matt Katz appears in the following:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The alt-right, white nationalists and assorted Nazi-loving groups are right here in the New York City region.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
An Afghan man — once beaten by the Taliban for helping U.S. troops — got approval for a U.S. visa, but then was inexplicably sent to a detention center in Elizabeth.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Outraged about Gov. Chris Christie's attorney-client relationship with Christopher Wray, the nominee for FBI director, Democrats in New Jersey are introducing legislation in response.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The judge said using a historic designation to prevent a house from being converted into a mosque was not discrimination.
Monday, July 24, 2017
FBI director nominee Christopher Wray's agreement to represent Gov. Chris Christie in Bridgegate came 11 months after he actually started representing the governor.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Christie: Airport employees in New Jersey and New York must enforce the Trump travel ban.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Muslim New Yorkers have new safeguards to protect their community from NYPD spying. But old wounds fester.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Gov. Chris Christie filled in for WFAN Sports Radio Host Mike Francesa, who will be retiring at the end of the year. The station has called the substitution an 'audition.'
Friday, June 30, 2017
The Supreme Court's ruling on travel restrictions leaves resettlement agencies scrambling through paperwork when they otherwise might be setting up apartments for refugees.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Gov. Chris Christie's personal attorney, Christopher Wray, billed taxpayers $2.1 million, expensing meals, cab fare and 10 flights. Christie then backed Wray for FBI chief.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Christie's Bridgegate lawyer is Trump's pick to head the FBI - one more sign that "Bridgegate culture" has invaded the nation's capital.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
President Trump's pick to lead the FBI once had Gov. Chris Christie's cell phone, but the feds didn't.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
With her commencement speech at CUNY, activist Linda Sarsour has cemented her status as a progressive star and a target of right-wing rage.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Despite rhetoric against Islam by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, the Trump Administration is investigating Bayonne, NJ, for possibly discriminating against Muslims.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Under Obama, an Indonesian Christian who says he'd be persecuted back home was allowed to stay in New Jersey so long as he checked in with ICE. He'll now be deported as soon as today.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
A Rutgers University student who arrived in the United States at age 4 is suddenly and inexplicably called to meed with federal agents. Will she be deported?
Monday, May 08, 2017
The latest Trump administration sting targeted four men who who have lived in New Jersey for more than 20 years.
Friday, May 05, 2017
The strange saga of Syrian refugees, the Trump Carousel and the president's vanishing name.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
For the first time, ICE is in the courthouse.
Friday, April 28, 2017
So far, one of the defining features of President Trump's time in office has been the pushback from local governments, courts and politicians -- especially in New York and New Jersey.