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:

Bridgegate: Where Are They Now?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bridgegate ends with two former Christie appointees likely sentenced to prison terms. And two the White House.

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Under Obama, They Were Check-ins. Under Trump, They Could Mean Deportation.

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.

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Zoning Issues or Islamophobia? Community Says 'No' to New Mosque

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.

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Mosque Rejected in New Jersey Amid 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. 

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We're Witnessing an Extraordinary Moment of Muslim-Jewish Solidarity

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.

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LGBT Refugees and Asylees Have Their Own Trump Fears

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.

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The FBI Is Calling, and Syrian Refugees Are Worried

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The FBI says it just called some Syrians to say: How are you?


New York Officials Open Doors to Refugees as New Jersey Shuts Them

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Both states have large immigrant communities, but vastly different approaches to taking in refugees. What are the implications?

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Travel Ban Puts Some American Families On Hold

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.

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Tears, Fears and Sierra Leone Soup at New Jersey's Refugee Cafe

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. 

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Syria Supper Club: Reaching Out To Refugees, One Dinner At A Time

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.


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.