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:

ICE Accused of Beating Up Uzbek Man at JFK Airport

Monday, September 21, 2020

A lawsuit alleges federal immigration agents hit and used a stun gun on a father they were trying to deport, despite a judges orders blocking the removal.

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Purveyor of QAnon Conspiracy, Outed As New Jersey Resident, Put On Paid Leave From Citigroup

Thursday, September 17, 2020

A leading purveyor of the conspiracy theory known as Q-Anon has been put on leave from his job at Citigroup. 

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Court Ruling Could Mean Deportation of Tens of Thousands in New York, New Jersey

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The federal court decision upholds the Trump Administration's decision to eliminate Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.

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The Pagans, A Violent Motorcycle Gang, Is A Growing Threat in N.J.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

The Pagans are increasingly violent, both against their chief adversary, the Hells Angels, and random people at bars and on the road.

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The Democratic Convention Comes to a Close

Friday, August 21, 2020

After four days of party pep-rally, Joe Biden confounded Trump's "sleepy Joe" expectation with a rousing, passionate appeal to decency and progress.

Night 3: Kamala Harris, Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Last night, Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president, accompanied (remotely) by fellow convention speakers Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.

Night 2: Coast to Coast Roll Call, Military Brass for Biden, and Meet The Candidate

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Night 2: Coast to Coast Roll Call, Military Brass for Biden, and Meet The Candidate

Night 1: Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Cuomo and John Kasich

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

At the first night of the convention, we heard from Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Cuomo and John Kasich.

Leaving Jail And Kicking Heroin During The Pandemic

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has shut all kinds of doors for people recovering from addiction, especially those who’ve just been released from incarceration.

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ICE Detainee in Newark Claims Retaliation For Exposing Poor Medical Conditions

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

An immigrant detained at the Essex County jail in Newark says he's experienced retaliation since speaking to WNYC about how he feared for his life due to poor medical conditions.

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Pardoned By Cuomo But Detained By ICE, Bronx Immigrant Marks Three Years In ICE Detention

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Attorneys say Ousman Darboe has been held in ICE custody longer than any New Yorker.

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State-Funded Lawyers Help to Halt Deportations of New Jersey Immigrants, Report Says

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Undocumented immigrants have a much lower chance of getting deported from New Jersey if they have an attorney. And if they have an attorney, it's often funded by the state. 

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What Should Well-Off NYC Public School Parents Do With $420 Food Stamp Windfall?

Monday, July 27, 2020

A wealth-redistribution activist suggests they use the card, and then donate the equivalent funds to help tackle hunger.

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Lawyers Say Immigrants At Bergen County Jail Have No Air Conditioning

Monday, July 27, 2020

Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees held at the jail in Hackensack, NJ., are allegedly suffering from a lack of air conditioning during the current heat wave.

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Baseball Is Back, Quieter Than Ever

Sunday, July 26, 2020

There are fans in the seats, but they're made of cardboard.

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Some NYC Students Can't Access Virtual Summer School, Advocates Say

Sunday, July 26, 2020

The remote learning obstacles for students who have bounced around the public school system provides a possible window into the challenges for all students in the fall.

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Isolated In Their New Country, Refugees Are Sewing—And Innovating—COVID Masks

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Some recently-arrived refugees in New Jersey have already sold more than 2,000 masks to people in their new country. 

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What Will COVID-19 Mean for Higher Education in the Fall?

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Colleges and universities across the U.S. are grappling with when and how to reopen in the upcoming school year, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

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To Play or Not to Play: The 2020 Baseball Season

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Major League Baseball's delayed opening day is fast approaching. Some players are skeptical about the way forward given COVID-19's spread.

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A New Reboot of "Unsolved Mysteries"

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Executive producer Terry Meurer discusses the series “Unsolved Mysteries,” which she has produced for over 30 years, and it’s new installment on Netflix

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