Matt Katz reports on air at WNYC about immigration, refugees and national security. 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 @mattkatz00.
Matt Katz appears in the following:
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Hudson County officials say yes. That is, if residents want to keep taxes down and avoid public worker layoffs.
Friday, July 20, 2018
New York's affordability crisis means boom times for immigrant Philadelphia.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
The county will collect about $35 million as part of President Trump's aggressive immigration enforcement policies.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The amount of ICE money sent to Bergen, Essex and Hudson Counties increased 46 percent since 2015, and now totals more than $150 million.
Monday, July 02, 2018
Immigrants, some undocumented, get a surprising boost from a Koch brothers group over hair braiding regulation.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Shawarma spiced lamb shank. Jackfruit salad. Black-eyed bean hummus — just a few of the dishes refugees are crafting as new avenues open to work in the food industry here.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Traumatized kids of all ages are now living in New York. Their parents may not know where they are.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it was going after criminal aliens, but it also caught several green card holders.
Monday, June 11, 2018
The legal action taken against the NYPD's controversial post-9/11 surveilance of Muslims has led to a change into how the department conducts investigations.
Friday, June 08, 2018
Eleven years after being sentenced to probation for gun possession, Cloyd Edralin was re-approved for his green card. Now, under the Trump Administration, he's deportable.
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Should immigrants living here without documentation be provided have driver's licenses?
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
The incident has local politicians questioning if soldiers are aiding federal immigration agents.
Monday, June 04, 2018
Intra-party squabbling between NJ Gov. Phil Murphy and State Senate President Steve Sweeney have some state offices preparing to shut down the government for the second year in a row.
Sunday, June 03, 2018
The private equity firms got bonuses, but Toys R Us workers won't get anything.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
She was on her way to America to be with her family. Then the Trump Administration cancelled the immigration program she had already been approved for.
Friday, May 04, 2018
The special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York City, Angel Melendez, spoke exclusively to WNYC's Sean Carlson about sex trafficking in Queens.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The cost for Chris Christie to "transition" out of office? $250,000.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
On those who must play The Waiting Game and what comes next for the "winners."
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Former Christie allies Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly argued in federal appeals court on Tuesday that their 2016 convictions should be thrown out.
Monday, April 23, 2018
A look at how asylum works in America: from arriving at J.F.K. with nowhere to go, to being released out of a detention center without directions.