Matt Katz

Reporter, WNYC News

 

Matt Katz reports on air at WNYC about immigration, refugees, national security and hate. 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 @mattkatz00Read more of Matt's latest reporting on Gothamist.

Matt Katz appears in the following:

Did the Son of Sam Have Accomplices? A Docuseries Investigates

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Director and executive producer Joshua Zeman on his new Netflix docuseries, 'The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness.' 

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'Life Jolt' Explores Women's Experiences in Prison

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Host Rosemary Green & producer John Chipman on their CBC podcast, 'Life Jolt.' 

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Controversy Over Green Space in the Bronx

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Artist and organizer for both the North Bronx Collective and Friends of Tibbett's Tail, Alicia Grullon on the conflict over green space in the Bronx. 

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Conflict Over East River Park

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Gothamist reporter Jake Offenhartz joins to discuss his reporting on the East Side Coastal Resiliency project.

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Open Source Intelligence & Geopolitics

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Aric Toler, who currently heads up Bellingcat's training and research efforts with a focus on Eurasia and Eastern Europe, on Open Source Intelligence and its role in geopolitics.

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ICE Jailer in N.J. Is Sued By Its Landlord, Claiming Unsafe Conditions

Monday, May 03, 2021

If the landlord succeeds in ending the lease, it would be yet another ICE facility closing in the Garden State. 

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Hudson Becomes Second N.J. County To Consider Rejecting ICE Detainees

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Essex is ending its relationship with ICE. Now, Hudson is considering the same thing. Is Bergen next?

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New Jersey County Ends Lucrative and Controversial Jailing of ICE Detainees

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The jail became a target of anti-ICE activists, who complained that detainees were given poor medical care and inedible food, and faced assaults from officers.

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New Jersey Sues Town Officials For Monitoring Jewish Homes

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

New Jersey's Attorney General says officials surveilled Jewish homes — in a town where the Orthodox community is rapidly expanding.

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NJ Ends Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Crimes

Monday, April 19, 2021

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s decision also applies to people currently in prison, meaning they'll be resentenced so they’re eligible for parole sooner.

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Indonesian Asylum Seekers Dodged Trump’s Attempt to Deport Them, But Now They’re Facing Off Against Biden

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Biden Administration is trying to deport a community of asylum seekers from Central Jersey who fear persecution in Indonesia.

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Murphy to Run Unopposed in NJ's Democratic Primary

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will run unopposed in June's Democratic primary, after challengers were booted from the ballot.

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Under Biden, Refugee Admissions In NY & NJ Plummet

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Former President Trump admitted refugees at a far higher rate than President Biden has, so far.  

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NJ Cannabis Regulators Meet for First Time, Centering Racial Justice

Monday, April 12, 2021

This was the first time the five members of the commission addressed the public. 

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NJ Marijuana Regulators Prepare to Meet For First Time

Sunday, April 11, 2021

On Monday, the state takes another step toward cannabis sales when the five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission holds its first meeting.

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NJ Undocumented Workers Cut Out of COVID Relief Continue Their Fast

Sunday, April 11, 2021

While New York State plans to provide $2.1 billion to undocumented workers who were cut out of federal COVID relief, New Jersey activists are keeping up the pressure in their state.

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An Oath Keeper Worked Security for the Capitol Rally on Jan. 6. Now, He’s a Republican Candidate for N.J. Assembly.

Friday, April 09, 2021

What does it mean for the Republican party in New Jersey to have an Oath Keeper who was at the Capitol attack now run for the Assembly?

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Comparing NY and NJ's Marijuana Legalization Efforts

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the historic marijuana legalization law that the New York state legislature passed overnight.

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In Latest Appointment to NJ’s Cannabis Commission, Murphy Addresses Criticism of Panel’s Makeup

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The five-member panel had been criticized for lacking a Black male member, in spite of the disproportionate impact the drug war had on Black men.

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Bahamas' New Album, 'Sad Hunk'

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Bahamas' new album, Sad Hunk.

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