Matt Katz

New Jersey Public Radio


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:

Another Mosque, This One in Bayonne, NJ, Faces Opposition From Neighbors

Monday, January 23, 2017

Is it a fear of terrorism, or traffic? One way or the other, it brought hundreds to a zoning meeting in Bayonne, NJ, where a proposal to build a mosque was under consideration.

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WNYC to DC: Anger, not Optimism, Marks Inauguration

Friday, January 20, 2017

The final installment of WNYC's road trip to the inauguration finds our reporters in a dystopic Washington. 


The Trump Time Capsule: Supporters Share Their Hopes

Friday, January 20, 2017

Listeners who voted for Donald Trump share their hopes for the next four years.

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WNYC to DC: Donald Trump 'Understands Me'

Thursday, January 19, 2017

WNYC’s road trip to the inauguration continues in Maryland, where reporters Arun Venugopal and Matt Katz drop by local hangouts to talk Russia and Trump.

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WNYC to DC: 'Look, It's Not the End of the World'

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Day Two on the road to DC includes a stop at Planned Parenthood in the working-class suburbs of Philadelphia and a visit to the country's oldest African Methodist Episcopal church. 

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WNYC to DC: 'This Is the Real America'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WNYC is taking a road-trip to D.C. and talking to voters about the incoming Trump administration. First stop: Arab and Indian communities in New Jersey.

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WNYC to DC: A Primer

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WNYC's Matt Katz checks in from Trump Tower before he and WNYC's Arun Venugopal set off on a pre-Inauguration road trip from New York to Washington, D.C.


Syria Supper Club: Reaching Out to Refugees, One Dinner at a Time

Friday, January 13, 2017

At dinner parties across North Jersey, Jews are raising money for Muslim refugees — and making friends across the cultural divide.

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He Was Fired After Bridgegate. Now He's Headed to White House.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Bill Stepien, the former Chris Christie campaign manager fired in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal, will be the new political director in Donald Trump's White House. 


Fired After Bridgegate. Hired by Trump White House?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Bill Stepien, whose name was mentioned during the Bridgegate trial 351 times, is in line to become Donald Trump's White House political director. 

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The Christie Tracker Podcast Answers Your Questions

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The professors of Bridgegate respond to calls and letters.

NJ Taxpayers Just Hired Another Lawyer for Christie

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christie has a lawyer to defend him in a criminal matter.  For $150-an-hour.  

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The Christie Tracker Podcast: Bridgegatepalooza!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time for some traffic memories.

Episode 8: Where Are We Now?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

WNYC and The Nation take the temperature of a country soon to be under the leadership of Donald J. Trump.

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Political Party with Keli Goff: Election Night Party

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Join us via live stream for our Election Night party with WNYC, in partnership with Guardian US and Refinery29. Games, commentary and live updates. 


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial Verdicts

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Baroni and Kelly were found guilty. On all counts. But how did the governor fare?

How Chris Christie Hoodwinked Charlie Rose on Bridgegate

Monday, November 07, 2016

It's billed as the first sit-down interview after the Bridgegate verdicts. But the veteran TV host fails to question the governor on any of the sworn testimony from the trial. 

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Bridgegate Trial: Verdict Recap

Monday, November 07, 2016

The Bridgegate trial came to a close last Friday with the conviction of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top two aides, but Christie's culpability is still being examined. 


This Week in Politics: An Election Like No Other

Saturday, November 05, 2016

As Election Day approaches, we look back on 2016 with WNYC's election news team.

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2 Former Aides To N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Found Guilty In 'Bridgegate Trial'

Friday, November 04, 2016

Two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were convicted Friday of creating an epic traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for what prosecutors say was political revenge.