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.

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Bail was posted, but people weren’t immediately released, so now NYC must pay as much as $300 million

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

People were held more for than a day after their loved ones posted bail for their release.

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Ukrainians Are Bracing For Winter

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Russia's intensified attacks on civilian infrastructure have left millions without power as the cold winter months begin. We hear how Ukrainians are dealing on the ground.

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Doctor Burnout Impacts Quality of Care

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A new study has found that a majority of primary care doctors are burnt out – and it's impacting the quality of care they’re able to provide.

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Tech Journalist Alex Kantrowitz discusses Twitter

Monday, November 21, 2022

Tech journalist Alex Kantrowitz, Host of the Big Technology podcast and a contributor to CNBC, discusses an update on Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover. 

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"The Divided Dial" of Talk Radio

Monday, November 21, 2022

A new show from On the Media and WNYC Studios examines a right-wing media empire behind conservative talk radio.

First Public Video Reveals Force-Feeding of Detainees in Federal Custody

Monday, November 21, 2022

A new report from The Intercept looks at the story of Ajay Kumar, an asylum-seeker from India, who was detained in an ICE Detention center, and force-fed after going on a hunger strike.

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What's Going On With FTX?

Monday, November 21, 2022

Vicky Ge Huang, Markets reporter covering crypto and retail investing for The Wall Street Journal, joins The Takeaway to unpack the implications of Crypto’s biggest scandal to date.

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What's Gone Wrong For the Rikers Island Federal Monitor

Friday, November 18, 2022

A federal monitor tasked with improving conditions in New York City jails has cost NYC taxpayers $18 million as system has only gotten more dangerous.

NYC taxpayers paid a federal monitor $18 million for the last 7 years to help fix Rikers. What went wrong?

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Today, attorneys for Rikers detainees are expected to ask for a federal receiver, who could override local laws and wrest control of the jails away from the city.

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Incarcerated New Yorkers lose access to free electronic tablets, a critical lifeline

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Advocates fear people will have to pay to use the devices under a new contract.

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Georgia at the Intersections: Voting Rights

Thursday, November 03, 2022

From Trump's "Big Lie" to SB 202, the right to vote for many is still under attack.

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Voter Enthusiasm Lagging With Key Democratic Groups

Thursday, November 03, 2022

There are just five days left the 2022 midterm election season – do voters have enough energy to carry their candidates across the finish line? 

The Pushback Against Progressive Prosecutors

Thursday, November 03, 2022

How the tide may be turning against the movement to elect progressive district attorneys in cities around the country.

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Coach James Wade Addresses Brittney Griner's Imprisonment

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Griner’s former coach opens up about the experience for American basketball players in Russia.

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Citing drugs at Rikers, NYC to ban incarcerated people from getting letters in the mail

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Overdose deaths are skyrocketing in New York City jails, and the correction commissioner says banning physical letters is a way to stop it. 

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NYC correction board: People are being locked in their cells for longer than allowed

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Incarcerated people are being locked in their cells at Rikers Island for long stretches of time that violate city regulations.

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Suicides reach historic highs at Rikers, but most correction officers don’t get mandated training to prevent the deaths

Friday, October 14, 2022

Fewer than 1 in 5 New York City correction officers took a mandated course on preventing suicide in the last year, according to data obtained by Gothamist. 

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City seeks to keep detainees locked in their cells longer, as gangs war at Rikers jail

Friday, October 14, 2022

Citing gang violence raging at one Rikers Island jail, the NYC correction commissioner wants to lock incarcerated people in their cells for nearly twice as long as currently allowed.

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January 6th: Hearing Preview and the Oath Keepers Trial

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Preview of what is likely to be the final January 6th committee hearing and a look at local law enforcement connections to the Oath Keepers.

Never-before-seen images show Rikers inmates locked in caged showers, left in soiled pants, more poor conditions

Thursday, September 29, 2022

WNYC and Gothamist have obtained never-before-seen photos and videos from inside Rikers Island jails that depict shocking scenes of neglect and squalid living conditions.

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