Matt Katz is a political reporter for WNYC who 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 ran The Christie Tracker -- which 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, when the station won for Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's weekly addresses to New York City.
In January 2016, Matt's biography of Christie -- American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption -- was published by Simon & Schuster's Threshold Editions. Matt has written about politics for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic and POLITICO magazine. Prior to covering the Statehouse in Trenton he spent time in Afghanistan, writing a series on reconstruction efforts 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.
Matt's 4-year-old daughter, Sadie Belle, thinks it's hilarious when his voice comes on over the radio. His son, baby Reuben Morris, listens to a lot of WNYC.
Matt Katz appears in the following:
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.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
They fled civil war and recently arrived in New Jersey. Now, they're getting free tours of the Big Apple, including a ride on a carousel operated by President Trump's company.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Islam in schools is a controversy that's brewing on right-wing media—and at a little school district in northern Jersey.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Two former Chris Christie allies are headed to prison for their roles in the notorious traffic-related political retaliation scheme.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Bridgegate ends with two former Christie appointees likely sentenced to prison terms. And two others...in the White House.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Why a New Jersey man who rebuilt homes in areas affected by Sandy fears deportation under President Trump's immigration policy.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Officials cited zoning issues in voting down a proposed mosque in Bayonne, New Jersey this week, but many say this was a religiously-motivated decision fueled by fear of Muslims.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Muslims are violent -- this was the allegation made at a zoning board meeting in Bayonne, where an application to build a mosque was rejected.
Monday, March 06, 2017
The silver lining to recent hate crimes: We are seeing the most public display of solidarity between American Jews and American Muslims in recent history.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
As the Trump administration implements strict immigration policies, concern grows over the fate of LGBT people seeking refuge in the United States.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The FBI says it just called some Syrians to say: How are you?
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Both states have large immigrant communities, but vastly different approaches to taking in refugees. What are the implications?
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
One New Jersey woman is wondering if she will ever see her parents again, now that the Trump Administration has banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Monday, January 30, 2017
At a cafe run by refugees and political asylees in New Jersey, the magnitude of President Trump's executive edicts reverberate in heartbreaking ways.
Friday, January 27, 2017
In New Jersey, Muslim refugees join groups of mostly Jewish Americans to hold informal dinner parties that are part fundraiser, part bridge-builder.