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:

What Local News Means to You

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Downsizing local journalism means less coverage of local politics, less accountability for local governments, and fewer opportunities to celebrate the communities we live in.

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CBC's 'The Flamethrowers' and the History of Right-Wing Radio

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

A new podcast, The Flamethrowers, investigates the history of right-wing radio and how it provided a playbook for the rise of Donald Trump.

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'Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle' at the Guggenheim

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Megan Fontanella, curator of Modern Art and Provenance at the Guggenheim Museum, joins us to discuss the new exhibit, Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle.

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Kate Has A Plan — Oct. 12, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

WNYC planning editor Kate Hinds joins us for our ongoing series, "Kate Has a Plan," to discuss the stories the newsroom is following this week.

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Andie MacDowell in 'Maid'

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Maid creator and showrunner Molly Smith Metzler and actor Andie MacDowell.

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Bergen Is the Latest, and Last, New Jersey County To End Cooperation with ICE

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The last county in New Jersey with an immigrant detention operation is pulling of its deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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In Major Shift, ICE Detains Few Immigrants in New Jersey Jails. What Happened?

Thursday, September 23, 2021

A major shift is currently underway when it comes to immigration detention in the New York region.

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N.J. Mayor: No Afghan Refugees, Until We Recover From Ida

Monday, September 20, 2021

The mayor of Elizabeth, N.J. doesn't want new refugees from Afghanistan to move to town until the city recovers from Tropical Storm Ida. 

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Uprooted, Yet Again: 150 Resettled Refugees in New Jersey Were Displaced During Tropical Storm Ida

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Ida killed 30 people in New Jersey and devastated an Elizabeth apartment complex that was a hub of refugee resettlement in the region. 

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How 9/11 Altered NYPD Surveillance

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

WNYC reporter Matt Katz on an investigation by WNYC and Gothamist into the practices of the NYPD post-September 11. 

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NYPD’s Legacy of Police Surveillance, From Black Panthers to Mosques to Black Lives Matter

Sunday, September 05, 2021

New rules governing police surveillance can be traced from 9/11 all the way back to the Black Panthers 50 years ago.

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New Jersey Released Police Misconduct List -- With Names

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The list is scant on details but it names officers accused of DUI, domestic violence, and "neglect of duty."

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Federal Monitor Poised To Oversee New Jersey's Troubled Women's Prison

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Edna Mahan Prison has been plagued by reports of sexual and physical abuse for years.

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New Jerseyans Wanted To Buy Legal Weed. Just Not -- Yet -- In Their Towns.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Many local governments are taking a "wait-and-see" approach to marijuana legalization.

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NJ Supreme Court Limits Traffic Stops for Obstruction of License Plates

Monday, August 02, 2021

Small violations like an obscured license plate leave so much to an officer's discretion that people of color can be pulled over more often for such violations. 

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Hitler-Mustachioed Reservist Accused in Jan. 6th Riot Offered Plea Deal

Sunday, August 01, 2021

The alleged insurrectionist could be released before a trial.

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NYC Now Has Its Own Covid Vax App

Sunday, August 01, 2021

This is in addition to the state's Excelsior app -- and not much different from just carrying your vaccination card around. 

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'We're Not Teaching Sodomy In 6th Grade': GOP Nominee For N.J. Governor Wants To End State's LGBTQ Curriculum

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Ciattarelli said: "We're not teaching sodomy in sixth grade. And we're going to roll back the LGBTQ curriculum. It goes too far."

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Listening Party: The 'Debut' Album from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Friday, July 09, 2021

Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis join us for a listening party of their new album

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The Making of Hasidic Williamsburg

Friday, July 09, 2021

Professor of history Nathaniel Deutsch joins us to discuss his new book, A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg.

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