Matt Katz



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:

White Nationalism in Our Backyard

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The alt-right, white nationalists and assorted Nazi-loving groups are right here in the New York City region.

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Afghan Who Helped US Troops is Now Detained in NJ

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.


Christie's Secret Arrangement With FBI Nominee Draws Scrutiny

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.

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Judge Deals Blow to Quest for Mosque in Yonkers

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The judge said using a historic designation to prevent a house from being converted into a mosque was not discrimination.


Christie's Hiring of FBI Nominee as Bridgegate Attorney Raises Questions

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.

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Christie Backs Travel Ban, Says Airports Must Enforce Trump Order

Friday, July 14, 2017

Christie: Airport employees in New Jersey and New York must enforce the Trump travel ban.


Muslim New Yorkers Now Have Someone Watching the Cops Who Watch Them

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Muslim New Yorkers have new safeguards to protect their community from NYPD spying. But old wounds fester. 

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Gov. Chris Christie Auditions for New Gig: Sports Radio Host

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.'


Refugee Resettlement Agencies: Now What?

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.   


Trump's FBI Pick Billed Taxpayers $2 Million As Christie's Bridgegate Lawyer

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. 

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This Week In Politics: How "Bridgegate Culture" Went National

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.

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When Christie Stashed His Bridgegate Cell Phone With the FBI Nominee

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.  

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A Brooklyn Woman at the Center of the Nation's Culture Wars

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.

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Trump's Justice Department Investigates Possible Discrimination Against Muslims

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.


Trump Administration Deports Indonesian Christian Who Faces Persecution Back Home

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. 

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A 'Dreamer' Meets the Feds, and Brings Hundreds of Her Friends

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?

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Immigration Authorities Detain 4 Indonesians Who Had Been Protected Under Obama

Monday, May 08, 2017

The latest Trump administration sting targeted four men who who have lived in New Jersey for more than 20 years.

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'Trump' Replaced By a Horse After Syrians Ride His Carousel

Friday, May 05, 2017

The strange saga of Syrian refugees, the Trump Carousel and the president's vanishing name.

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Defying a Top Judge and County Policy, ICE Continues Arrests Inside Courthouses

Thursday, May 04, 2017

For the first time, ICE is in the courthouse. 


7 Ways NY and NJ Are Pushing Back Against Trump's Immigration Policies

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.

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