Matt Katz

WNYC

 

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:

Rahimi Will Spend Rest of His Life in Prison for Chelsea Bombing

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ahmad Khan Rahimi was sentenced to multiple life terms for setting bombs in Chelsea in 2016 — and he still faces more charges for shooting cops and planting explosives in New Jersey.

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When a Deputy Mayor Compares Undocumented Immigrants to Raccoons

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A deputy mayor in Mendham Township, New Jersey, compared undocumented immigrants to "rabid, messy, mean raccoons," and was quickly forced to resign by residents.

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New Jersey's Indonesian Christians Avoid Deportation—For Now

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

After six ethnic Chinese Indonesian Christians in Central Jersey were deported, plus three more detained and another three moved into sanctuary, a judge ordered all deportations halted.

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ICE Renews Apparent Crackdown on Indonesian Christians in NJ

Thursday, January 25, 2018

At least two men were arrested on Thursday morning and a third sought sanctuary with fellow Indonesian Christians at a Highland Park Church.

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Newlyweds Separated By Bureaucracy

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Trump administration has slowed the flow of refugees to the U.S. to historically low levels. That has left many families in limbo. This is the story of newlyweds who are now on two continents.

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Unsettled: A Story from the Global Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Andre and Lisette are married Congolese refugees. He made it to America. She's stuck in a refugee camp. Here's how changes to U.S. policy are keeping them apart. A story from WNYC.
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Unsettled: Trump Administration Closes Door on Refugees

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Under the Trump Administration, dramatic changes to policy mean that the United States is on track to receive the lowest amount of refugees in decades.

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How Trump's New US Refugee Policy is Affecting Real People

Monday, January 22, 2018

Matt Katz talks about the dramatic shift in U.S. refugee policy under President Trump, through the story of two Congolese refugees.

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Unsettled: A Story From the Global Refugee Crisis

Monday, January 22, 2018

Matt Katz shares reporting from the Unsettled series, which takes a look at US refugee policy through the lives of a Congolese husband and wife.

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Unsettled: A Story from the Global Refugee Crisis

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Andre and Lisette are married Congolese refugees. He made it to America. She's stuck in a refugee camp. Here's how changes to U.S. policy are keeping them apart.

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This Week in Politics: Chris Christie's Last Stand

Saturday, January 13, 2018

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As Jersey's combative governor hits the road, we look back on the key moments from his eight years in office.

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The Christie Tracker Podcast: And That's a Wrap

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Christie says Jersey is "much, much better than it was eight years ago." Join us for a look back that skips the rose colored glasses.

ICE Arrests in N.J. Courthouses Surging, Lawyers Say

Monday, December 11, 2017

They come to court to report a domestic abuser, sue to collect child support or face charges on a motor vehicle violation. But they worry they'll end up deported. 

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Desperate to Stay in U.S., 'Dreamers' Declare Hunger Strike Through Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In a last-ditch effort to get Congress to give them a path to citizenship, a group of immigrants who were brought to the U-S illegally as children plan to go hungry until Thanksgiving.

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Rutgers Holds on to ex-Syrian Diplomat Despite Backlash

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Human rights activists are aghast, but Rutgers University is defending the adjunct professor it poached from Syrian President Assad's regime. 

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Beyond the Truck Attacker, the Long Reach of ISIS in the New York Area

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Over the past four years, the feds have charged 26 New Yorkers and New Jerseyans for working with, or for, the most notorious terrorist group on earth. 

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Refugee Stories Across Borders

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The story of Andre and Lisette, two Congolese refugees whose reunion in New Jersey is now indefinitely postponed due to changing immigration policies.

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The NYPD Will Neither Confirm, Nor Deny, the Stories Behind This Story

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In an age of anti-terrorism, the NYPD has a adopted a strategy normally reserved for the CIA. And it’s the subject of two ongoing lawsuits.

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The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

From our friends at The United States of Anxiety: David Yerushalmi sees the threat of radical Islam everywhere. And thanks to him and his allies, the president now does, too.  
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Episode 12: The Counter-Jihad Movement & the Making of a President

Monday, September 11, 2017

David Yerushalmi sees the threat of radical Islam everywhere. And thanks to him and his allies, the president now does, too.