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:

Politics with Amy Walter: The Politics of "Defund the Police"

Friday, June 12, 2020

Plus, a conversation with Congressman Clyburn about addressing systemic racism in U.S. institutions. 

The Politics of "Defund the Police"

Friday, June 12, 2020

Plus, a conversation with Congressman Clyburn about addressing systemic racism in U.S. institutions. 

New Jersey Corrections Officer Suspended for Reenacting George Floyd's Killing

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A New Jersey corrections officer who was part of a group of white men mocking the killing of George Floyd to marching Black Lives Matter protesters has been suspended.

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ICE Helped To Protect NYPD Station Houses During Protests

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Is it legal for ICE to help the NYPD in such a way?

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The Racial Justice Uprising in the U.S. is Taking Hold Overseas

Monday, June 08, 2020

Many foreign leaders have condemned the killing of George Floyd, but demonstrators outside of the U.S. are also attempting to call attention to racial injustice within their own borders.

ICE Detainee Who Sued His Jailers Was Swiftly Deported. Now He’s Missing.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Despite a federal judge’s order, lawyers say ICE dropped off Hector Garcia Mendoza in a notoriously dangerous town in Mexico.

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Trump's New Deputy Campaign Manager Was Fired By Chris Christie Over Bridgegate

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The architect of Christie's two gubernatorial campaigns has been working his way up the ladder for Trump since 2016.

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EPA Rushing to Finalize Rule Change on Lead in Drinking Water

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency is rushing to finalize a major regulation that could leave millions of Americans exposed to potentially hazardous levels of lead.

Dating in the Time of COVID-19

Thursday, May 21, 2020

As many parts of the country begin reopening, people are making new risk calculations in the name of love. What does dating look like in the age of COVID-19?

Understanding New Zealand's Effective COVID-19 Response

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New Zealand has been heralded as a success story in how it's handled COVID-19, but its success is hard to replicate elsewhere.

How Contact Tracing Can Help Contain the Spread of COVID-19

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Health officials have stressed that in order to reopen states safely, the number of contact tracers in the U.S. needs to increase drastically.

Is COVID-19 Complicating Disaster Preparedness?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

As the U.S. struggles to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, experts worry about the impact on disaster preparedness as hurricane and wildfire seasons approach.  

Locusts, Floods, and Coronavirus: The Crises in East Africa

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The swarms of locusts are leading to fears of famine in the region, where the response to COVID-19 is already stretched thin.

What Images Will Define the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Each day, we’re confronted by numbers, information, and images reminding us of the infectious disease’s toll around the world. 

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Can the Restaurant Industry Recover from COVID-19?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Restaurants in some states are reopening for dine-in service, but ongoing shifts in how they do business are resulting in massive losses for the food service industry.

Treating Patients and Engaging in Activism: A Doctor's Balancing Act

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Activists, attorneys, and doctors ring the alarm on dangerous conditions in ICE custody.

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Lawyers Sue To Free All Immigrants From New Jersey Facility

Friday, May 15, 2020

Attorneys have escalated their fight to get ICE detainees released: They filed a class-action lawsuit demanding everyone's release from the Elizabeth Detention Center.

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Jewish Americans Say They Are Scapegoated For The Coronavirus Spread

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Violations of health regulations by Orthodox Jews have been documented by public officials and media at a level of scrutiny that Jews say others don't face.

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New Jersey Assemblyman Faces The Music After Violin Controversy

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Protesters gathered for a socially distant concert on NJ Assemblyman's lawn after they say he mocked their testimony last week when he pretended to play a violin.

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Anti-Semitic Incidents Reach Record Highs

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

There were more anti-Semitic incidents recorded last year than ever before in the United States. 

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