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:

ICE Arrests in N.J. Courthouses Surging, Lawyers Say

Monday, December 11, 2017

They come to court to report a domestic abuser, sue to collect child support or face charges on a motor vehicle violation. But they worry they'll end up deported. 

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How Women From The U.S. Could Be At Risk Of Genital Mutilation

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Young women from the U.S. are at increasing risk of a dangerous ritual known as female genital mutilation. Federal law enforcement has launched an awareness campaign about "vacation cutting."


Desperate to Stay in U.S., 'Dreamers' Declare Hunger Strike Through Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In a last-ditch effort to get Congress to give them a path to citizenship, a group of immigrants who were brought to the U-S illegally as children plan to go hungry until Thanksgiving.

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Rutgers Holds on to ex-Syrian Diplomat Despite Backlash

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Human rights activists are aghast, but Rutgers University is defending the adjunct professor it poached from Syrian President Assad's regime. 

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Beyond the Truck Attacker, the Long Reach of ISIS in the New York Area

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Over the past four years, the feds have charged 26 New Yorkers and New Jerseyans for working with, or for, the most notorious terrorist group on earth. 

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Refugee Stories Across Borders

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The story of Andre and Lisette, two Congolese refugees whose reunion in New Jersey is now indefinitely postponed due to changing immigration policies.


The NYPD Will Neither Confirm, Nor Deny, the Stories Behind This Story

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In an age of anti-terrorism, the NYPD has a adopted a strategy normally reserved for the CIA. And it’s the subject of two ongoing lawsuits.


The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

From our friends at The United States of Anxiety: David Yerushalmi sees the threat of radical Islam everywhere. And thanks to him and his allies, the president now does, too.  
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Episode 12: The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President

Monday, September 11, 2017

David Yerushalmi sees the threat of radical Islam everywhere. And thanks to him and his allies, the president now does, too.  

These Teens Hanging Out Are From Syria, Iraq...and New Jersey

Monday, August 21, 2017

What happens when you bring together teens from the suburbs with young refugees from war-torn countries?

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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.

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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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