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 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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Will Arab Palestinians Have a Voice in Israel's Next Parliament?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

In light of Israel's Arab parties making a rare endorsement for prime minister, The Takeaway looks at what the country’s Arab population is hoping to see from the next government.

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White House Memo Shows Trump Asking Ukraine’s Leader to ‘Do Us a Favor’

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The latest in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

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How Libraries Are Bridging the Digital Divide

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

When people don’t have internet at home, or don't know how to use digital tools, they turn to their local libraries. 

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More Democrats Call for Impeachment Amid Whistleblower Reports

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Two members of Congress join to discuss whether or not impeachment is inevitable. 

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President Trump's Fraught Relationship with Ukraine

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

There's a lot of confusion over what exactly Ukraine's role is.

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A U.S.-El Salvador Asylum Deal and Border Patrol Agents Interviewing Families

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Trump administration's latest efforts to curb immigration.

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The New Wave of Corporate Activism

Monday, September 23, 2019

More and more businesses are taking a stand on everything from gun control to climate change.

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Chris 'Sit Down and Shut Up' Christie Creates Think Tank Centered on Civility

Monday, August 19, 2019

The former governor of New Jersey made being brash his brand. The new Christie Institute of Public Policy will focus on how to make public discourse more civil and bipartisan.

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ICE Deports Cabbie Despite Ongoing Investigation into His Alleged Abuse at Essex Jail

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Ghanaian immigrant was deported without prior warning, even though there is an ongoing criminal investigation into his alleged assault by corrections officers at the Essex County jail.

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Bias Incidents, Particularly Among The Young, Climb in New Jersey

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

569 reported incidents of hate in 2018 in New Jersey, the highest since 2011. 

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Bergen County Jail To Allow ICE Detainees To Hug Their Loved Ones

Monday, June 03, 2019

Bergen County's sheriff says his jail will allow immigrant detainees to have physical contact with their visitors within two weeks.

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ICE Ships Life-Saving Meds To Sick Deportee, But Won't Bring Him Back To U.S.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Life-saving medication is en route to the former Brooklyn resident, who was deported by ICE despite a cardiologist's warning last month. But doctors warn it might be too late.

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Critically Ill Man Deported Without Adequate Medication, Access to Care

Friday, May 24, 2019

His attorneys say he could die if he's not immediately returned to the United States for treatment.

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NJ GOP Welcomes Former Sheriff Ousted Over Racist Rant

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Former Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino resigned after he was caught on tape making racist remarks. Now, Republicans have asked him to campaign and fundraise for them.

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Once Separated From Her Mom, Now Studying To Help Other Immigrant Kids

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dany Manzanarez Gomez was moved by the cries of immigrant children separated from their parents at the border — a pain she once knew herself.

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Bridgegate Defendant Bridget Kelly Says Voicemails Prove She Was Fall Person

Friday, May 17, 2019

Former Christie aide Bridget Kelly is headed to prison for her role in the Fort Lee lane closure scandal. But she has one last story to tell.

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A Love That Stretches Beyond Trump's Travel Ban

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Before the Supreme Court affirmed Trump's travel ban, Brian and Mehraneh fell in love. Now he lives in New Jersey, and she's in Iran, and they're trying to figure out a way to be together.

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Sixth Swastika in Five Months Found in Summit Schools in New Jersey

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Swastikas are the most common hate crime in our area, and they continue to pop up in Summit, NJ.

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