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:

Refugees Speak - Though A Sculpture - in Madison Square Park

Monday, January 20, 2020

The statue of Navy Admiral David Glasgow Farragut seems to be alive. But take a closer look - because that’s not Farragut at all.

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Bridgegate Has Its Day in (Supreme) Court

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Former top aides to former NJ Gov. Chris Christie go before the high court in the hopes of having their convictions overturned.

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SCOTUS Hears Arguments on Bridgegate

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Supreme Court hears the final Bridgegate appeal

Bridgegate Goes To The High Court

Monday, January 13, 2020

Will two former aides to ex-Gov. Christie be able to convince the "Highest Court in the Land" to keep them from prison?

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Facing Unprecedented Anti-Semitic Attacks, New York Jews Are Learning To Fight Back—Literally

Thursday, January 09, 2020

A self-defense class in Brooklyn proves there’s no taboo for Jews learning to kick some ass.

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After Anti-Semitic Attacks, Jewish Community Learns To Fight Back

Thursday, January 09, 2020

After attacks on Jewish communities in the New York area, participation has surged in a nonprofit organization, which trains Jews to protect themselves using traditional self-defense methods.

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Facebook Won't Remove Page That New Jersey Officials Call Anti-Semitic

Friday, January 03, 2020

Even after some of the worst anti-Semitic violence in American history, Facebook is letting a page that officials say incites hatred against Jews remain online.

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DACA Dilemma: When an International Scholarship Might Mean Deportation

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Esder Chong is an activist and student at Rutgers University who may not be able to return to the country where she has lived most of her life if she studies abroad for a year. 

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Asylum in Japan

Thursday, December 19, 2019

How Japan is coping the world's refugee influx.

Unsettled in Japan, Part 5: Broken Promise for Refugees

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Japan and the U.S. signed a U-N agreement decades ago to protect people seeking asylum. With fewer and fewer refugees admitted each year, are they fulfilling that mission?

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Unsettled in Japan, Part 4: Coexisting in Japan’s Sanctuary City

Thursday, December 12, 2019

In Kawaguchi, you may meet people from as far away as Africa and South America. And they're not only welcome, they're supported by jobs, education, and health care.

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Unsettled in Japan, Part 3: Flying Across Borders And Ending Up Detained

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Seeking asylum is increasingly treated as a criminal act all over the world. In Japan, the experience for detained immigrants can be just as severe as it is in the U.S.

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Unsettled in Japan, Part 2: Rose And Nahed Try To Become 'Japanese'

Thursday, December 12, 2019

A woman from Cameroon and another from Tunisia embrace the opportunity to assimilate in Japanese culture, despite its homogeneity, resistance to immigrants, and meticulous trash rules.

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Unsettled in Japan Part 1: Massamba Arrives In Tokyo With A Suitcase And A Longshot Dream

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Japan has one of the strictest immigration policies in the world, and it mirrors Trump's America. We meet a Congolese refugee trying to make it in Tokyo.

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Booker To New Jersey Democratic Allies: End Your ICE Detention Contracts Now

Monday, November 18, 2019

For the first time, Senator and Presidential candidate Cory Booker is calling on the three counties in his home state that house thousands of ICE detainees to scrap their contracts.

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OTM presents Trump Inc: All the President's Memes

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The business of conspiracies.

All The President’s Memes

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The business of conspiracies.

Who Makes Money When a Bunch of Conspiracy Theorists Throw a Party at Trump’s Hotel?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The American Priority Conference at the Trump National Doral Miami last month was filled with pro-Trump conspiracies. The Trump, Inc. podcast was there for it.

Refugees React To Trump Administration Program Cuts

Saturday, September 28, 2019

At a Highland Park, N.J. cafe, all of the cooks are refugees and all of the recipes are from their home countries. They react to the Trump administration's cuts to the U.S. refugee program.

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One Republican's Reaction to the Push for Impeachment

Thursday, September 26, 2019

One Republican response to the latest news about Ukraine, the whistleblower complaint, and moves to impeach President Trump.

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