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:

The Rikers Hunger Strike Continues

Friday, January 14, 2022

Hundreds of people detained at Rikers Island call attention to poor conditions as well as lacking heath and legal services related to staff shortages in the Department of Correction.

Rikers Hunger Strike Enters Fifth Day

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Incarcerated men living in a jail facility on Rikers Island say they are on hunger strike.

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Dozens From NY & NJ Were Charged in the January 6th Riot. Here’s Where Their Cases Stand.

Thursday, January 06, 2022

A year later, a total of 72 residents of New York and New Jersey are facing charges for their role in the January 6th siege of the U.S. Capitol.

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Scores of Incarcerated New Yorkers Sent to Solitary Confinement and Denied Family Visits Due to Faulty Drug Tests

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

The New York State prison system utilized a faulty drug test that resulted in 1,652 incarcerated people being wrongfully punished.

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Adams Spends First Weekend as Mayor Promising Law and Order – Without Brutality

Sunday, January 02, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams spent his first 48 hours in office straddling the same line he did during his campaign.

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Violence Is Spiking on Airplanes

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Since the pandemic started, there’s been an uptick in violence on airplanes across the U.S., largely stemming from disputes over masking. 

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The True Cost of a Common Cleaning Product

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Air pollution in a series of southern communities is well above levels deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency following a chain of plants making the key chemical in Cascade. 

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What does the Diplomatic Boycott against the Beijing Olympics Mean?

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The United States and a few other countries are boycotting the Beijing Olympics by not sending government officials to the games.

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Journalists Around The World Are Being Jailed And Detained At Record Highs

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The CPJ says a record 293 journalists are in jail around the world, up from 280 last year. 

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The New Matrix is About More Than the Movie

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment in the Matrix franchise is set to debut theatrically today.

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How Love and Relationships Have Changed in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Former dating columnist Matt Katz talks with relationship experts about how relationships, love, and dating have changed nearly two years into this pandemic.

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The Trial of Kimberly Potter

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The former Minnesota police officer charged with two counts of manslaughter for killing an unarmed Black man back in April will soon hear a verdict. 

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The Trial of Kimberly Potter 2021-12-22

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The former Minnesota police officer charged with two counts of manslaughter for killing an unarmed Black man back in April will soon hear a verdict. 

Parenting During the Pandemic

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

For parents, the pandemic has been full of challenges, from balancing work and life to figuring out remote learning.

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Hollywood's Obsession with Nuns Explained

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

From horror films like 2018’s The Nun to the "nunsploitation" films of the 1970s, Hollywood has a habit of depicting the lives of nuns on the big screen. 

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Migrant Workers At Dubai's Expo 2020 Report Unlivable Wages And Confiscated Passports

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Expo 2020 has employed migrant workers, and many are claiming they were tricked into coming to the city for unlivable wages after paying an illegal fee to recruiters.

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A Closer Look at Joe Manchin

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The West Virginia senator continues to dominate national headlines, but what's missing from the general narrative of congressional competition?

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Why The Final Frontier Matters

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

A conversation with science journalist Shannon Stirone about the JWST launch, recent discoveries in space, and why space exploration matters.

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A Closer Look at Joe Manchin 2021-12-21

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The West Virginia senator continues to dominate national headlines, but what's missing from the general narrative of congressional competition?

Military Documents Show U.S. Airstrikes Have Led to Thousands of Civilian Deaths

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

In the American air war in the Middle East, a New York Times investigation reveals flawed intelligence, rushed and imprecise targeting and the deaths of thousands of civilians.

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