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:

Caught in Trump's Immigration Crackdown, N.J. Family Marks Mothers' Day Without Mom

Sunday, May 13, 2018

She was on her way to America to be with her family. Then the Trump Administration cancelled the immigration program she had already been approved for.

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'Chica Cards' and Child Prostitution: Feds Break Up Mexico-to-Queens Sex Trafficking Ring

Friday, May 04, 2018

The special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York City, Angel Melendez, spoke exclusively to WNYC's Sean Carlson about sex trafficking in Queens.

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Chris Christie May Be Out, But He Still Has a Taxpayer-Funded Staffer and Office

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The cost for Chris Christie to "transition" out of office? $250,000. 

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Seeking Asylum in the US

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On those who must play The Waiting Game and what comes next for the "winners."

Bridgegate Architects Say Their Convictions Should Be Tossed

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Former Christie allies Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly argued in federal appeals court on Tuesday that their 2016 convictions should be thrown out.

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"I Was Just Looking for Safety": Applying for Asylum in America

Monday, April 23, 2018

A look at how asylum works in America: from arriving at J.F.K. with nowhere to go, to being released out of a detention center without directions. 


The Asylum Paradox

Monday, April 23, 2018

They survived persecution and gained asylum in the U.S., but they may have nowhere to go.


ICE Moves to Deport Egyptian Dissident Who Says He Faces Hanging Back Home

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ahmed Abdelbasit is an Egyptian pro-democracy activist and physics professor. He is currently in U.S. custody.


NYPD Pays $1 Million, Vows Surveillance Reforms After Settling with Muslims in New Jersey

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Muslims in New Jersey settled a lawsuit against the NYPD after officers crossed the river to monitor its mosques, schools and stores.


U.S. on Pace to Admit Fewest Refugees in Decades

Monday, April 02, 2018

Syrian refugees were making a home in New Jersey; now, many fewer are being allowed in the country.


With Yellow Vests and an 'ICE-Sniffing Dog,' Activists Watch for Immigration Agents

Friday, March 30, 2018

Activists are keeping an eye on ICE as the agency enters courthouses to arrest immigrants. 

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Amid Surge in Hate, Rutgers Seeks Balance Between Safety and Free Speech

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

When the First Amendment runs up against safe spaces. 


New Jersey Democrats Ramp Up Efforts to Move State to the Left in Post-Christie Era

Sunday, March 25, 2018

On immigration, pay equity and guns, New Jersey Democrats shift left. 

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration for Detaining Asylum Seekers Indefinitely

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In Newark, ICE stopped giving parole to asylum seekers, according to the ACLU.


Women's March Organizers Face Backlash for Links to Farrakhan

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

After a Women's March leader attended a speech full of anti-Semitic and bigoted rhetoric, her fellow activists circled the wagons — and an uproar ensued.

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Remembering New York's First Attack by Islamic Terrorists, 25 Years Ago Today

Monday, February 26, 2018

Six people died and more than 1,000 were injured in the bombing of the World Trade Center on this day in 1993. As on 9/11, it was a day of heroic rescues and survival.

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ICE Gets Cold Shoulder From Rutgers, Backs Out of Career Fair

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Here's what happened when ICE tried to show up at what's called the most diverse campus in the United States to recruit agents.

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Rahimi Will Spend Rest of His Life in Prison for Chelsea Bombing

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ahmad Khan Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms for setting bombs in Chelsea in 2016 — and he still faces more charges for shooting cops and planting explosives in New Jersey.


When a Deputy Mayor Compares Undocumented Immigrants to Raccoons

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A deputy mayor in Mendham Township, New Jersey, compared undocumented immigrants to "rabid, messy, mean raccoons," and was quickly forced to resign by residents.

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New Jersey's Indonesian Christians Avoid Deportation—For Now

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

After six ethnic Chinese Indonesian Christians in Central Jersey were deported, plus three more detained and another three moved into sanctuary, a judge ordered all deportations halted.

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