Matt Katz

Reporter, WNYC News

 

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.

Read Matt's latest reporting on Gothamist.

Matt Katz appears in the following:

Sixth Swastika in Five Months Found in Summit Schools in New Jersey

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Swastikas are the most common hate crime in our area, and they continue to pop up in Summit, NJ.

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Immigrant Detainee Says He Was X-Rayed for Contraband

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Essex County corrections officers said Yuri McKoy was acting "nervous" after visiting with his newborn son. They suspected McKoy of hiding contraband in his rectum, but found none.

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Death at Essex County Jail is Under Criminal Investigation

Friday, April 12, 2019

The circumstances are murky in the apparent suicide of Lucas Vieira at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.

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Hate Crimes in Our Backyard

Thursday, April 11, 2019

What happens when hate crimes are not committed by angry white men.

Attacks Against Jews in Crown Heights Stir Old Fears and New Dialogue

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Some of the accused are black — and that's prompted black and Jewish leaders to seek new ways to ease tensions in the neighborhood.

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After Cyclone, New York Portuguese Help Their Community in Mozambique

Monday, April 01, 2019

The New York Portuguese American Leadership Conference will send a container worth of goods to Mozambique in May.

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EXCLUSIVE: New Jersey ICE Detainee Details Transfer, Force-Feeding During Hunger Strike

Thursday, March 07, 2019

A man detained by ICE in New Jersey told WNYC's Matt Katz that in 2018, while on a hunger strike, ICE transferred him from New Jersey to El Paso, where he was force-fed.

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Immigrant Detainees Held in Cells for Days During Lockdown at NJ Jail

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lockdown at Essex County’s jail keeps immigrants restricted to their cells for days as a scathing inspector general report roils the county. 

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Abandoned Gun, Moldy Bread Pudding and 'Unrecognizable' Hamburgers Found in New Jersey Immigrant Lock-up

Friday, February 15, 2019

An inspector general's surprise visit to the Essex County Correctional Facility, which holds immigrants for $34 million a year, found a range of disgusting and dangerous problems. 

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Climbing the American Ladder as Deportation Looms

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Giddel landed a prestigious job at the Pierre Hotel. His wife has a new gig working for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Yet by January, he may be forced to return to Honduras.

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For Some Saudis Accused of Crimes in US, the Kingdom Helps Those Charged Evade Justice

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon joins the show to discuss his proposed bill to make this more difficult.

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Trump's Investigatory Troubles Extend Far Beyond Robert Mueller

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The Southern District of New York is pursuing criminal charges against the President's inaugural committee.

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'High Flying Bird' is a Sports Movie That Wants to Disrupt the System

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The Takeaway sits down with screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney and actor André Holland, to discuss their new movie, “High Flying Bird,” which was shot on an iPhone in just 13 days.

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David Malpass Nominated as President of World Bank, Worrying Critics

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Malpass, a senior official at the Treasury Department, has been critical of the World Bank as an institution.

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Last of the Children from Australia's Island Detention Center to Arrive in the U.S.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

1,250 people including children will be resettled in the U.S. in an agreement Trump initially called a “dumb deal” on Twitter, but then agreed to follow through on.

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Early Writings of Neomi Rao, Tapped to Take Brett Kavanaugh's Former Seat, Show Bias Against LGBT Community and Others

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Rao, who has never been a judge, is reportedly on President Trump's radar for future Supreme Court nominations.

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ICE Force-Feeding Immigrant Detainees, In Seemingly Unprecedented Move

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Last week, ICE confirmed that their agency is force-feeding nine detainees in El Paso, as a result of a hunger strike to protest conditions and treatment inside the facility.

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Nickel and Dimed...for Federal Government Court Documents

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The going rate is $0.10 a page but some experts estimate it costs only half of one ten-thousandth of a penny to send out a page. 

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U.S. Weapons are Ending Up in the Hands of Al Qaeda and Other Proxy Fighters Across Yemen

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Nima Elbagir recently spent 11 days in Yemen, and her reporting reveals how UAE and Saudi Arabia, both US allies, are enabling arms to wind up in the hands of Iranian backed militias.

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El Salvador Elects Nayib Bukele as President

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

37-year-old Nayib Bukele the former mayor of San Salvador, the country’s capital city, won the election in a landslide.