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:

Chris 'Sit Down and Shut Up' Christie Creates Think Tank Centered on Civility

Monday, August 19, 2019

The former governor of New Jersey made being brash his brand. The new Christie Institute of Public Policy will focus on how to make public discourse more civil and bipartisan.

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ICE Deports Cabbie Despite Ongoing Investigation into His Alleged Abuse at Essex Jail

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Ghanaian immigrant was deported without prior warning, even though there is an ongoing criminal investigation into his alleged assault by corrections officers at the Essex County jail.

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Bias Incidents, Particularly Among The Young, Climb in New Jersey

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

569 reported incidents of hate in 2018 in New Jersey, the highest since 2011. 

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Bergen County Jail To Allow ICE Detainees To Hug Their Loved Ones

Monday, June 03, 2019

Bergen County's sheriff says his jail will allow immigrant detainees to have physical contact with their visitors within two weeks.

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ICE Ships Life-Saving Meds To Sick Deportee, But Won't Bring Him Back To U.S.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Life-saving medication is en route to the former Brooklyn resident, who was deported by ICE despite a cardiologist's warning last month. But doctors warn it might be too late.

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Critically Ill Man Deported Without Adequate Medication, Access to Care

Friday, May 24, 2019

His attorneys say he could die if he's not immediately returned to the United States for treatment.

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NJ GOP Welcomes Former Sheriff Ousted Over Racist Rant

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Former Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino resigned after he was caught on tape making racist remarks. Now, Republicans have asked him to campaign and fundraise for them.

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Once Separated From Her Mom, Now Studying To Help Other Immigrant Kids

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dany Manzanarez Gomez was moved by the cries of immigrant children separated from their parents at the border — a pain she once knew herself.

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Bridgegate Defendant Bridget Kelly Says Voicemails Prove She Was Fall Person

Friday, May 17, 2019

Former Christie aide Bridget Kelly is headed to prison for her role in the Fort Lee lane closure scandal. But she has one last story to tell.

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A Love That Stretches Beyond Trump's Travel Ban

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Before the Supreme Court affirmed Trump's travel ban, Brian and Mehraneh fell in love. Now he lives in New Jersey, and she's in Iran, and they're trying to figure out a way to be together.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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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