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:

'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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The Get Out (July 8, 2021)

Thursday, July 08, 2021

WNYC arts and culture editor Jennifer Vanasco gives suggestions for what to do this weekend, while safely social distancing.

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2021 Blue Note Jazz Festival

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Alex Kurland, Blue Note's director of programming, discusses Blue Note’s history, its recent reopening, and this year’s festival, which runs through August 15.

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Matt Haig on 'The Comfort Book'

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Author Matt Haig discusses his new book, The Comfort Book, a collection of reminders to his future self that things are not always as dark as they may seem.

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ESPN Doc 'Breakaway'

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Director Rudy Valdez joins us to discuss "Breakaway," about WNBA superstar Maya Moore, who left the sport to advocate for a man she believed was wrongly imprisoned. 

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'LFG': Equal Pay for US Women's Soccer

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine join us to discuss the film, “LFG,” on the the activism of the US Women’s Soccer Team as they fight for equal pay.

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'Mayor Mohamed'

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Director Jeffrey Togman joins us to discuss his documentary, "Mayor Mohamed," which follows the Syrian American mayor of Prospect Park, NJ.

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Hometown Heroes Call-In

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

WNYC planning editor Kate Hinds joins us to discuss the occasion and take listeners' calls shouting out the heroes in their lives. 

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How Public Defenders Can Change Criminal Justice

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Macarthur fellow and lawyer Jonathan Rapping joins us to discuss his book, Gideon's Promise: A Public Defender Movement to Transform Criminal Justice.

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'The Language of Fanaticism'

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Writer, linguist, and podcast host Amanda Montell discusses her new book, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism.

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Gateway Project Gets Back on Track

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

WNYC transportation reporter Stephen Nessen on the second pair of rail tunnels proposed for under the Hudson River.

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Nightlife and FOMO Return

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

NY Mag writer Brock Colyarjoins us to discuss the magazine's recent issue about the return of FOMO and their contribution to the issue titled, "The Return of Nightlife."

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Review/Preview: Summer Shows to Stream

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Vulture staff writer Kathryn VanArendonk joins us for the next installment of our ongoing “Review/Preview” series with a roundup of the best new shows to stream.

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CBC Podcast on Women in Prison

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

The CBC podcast, Life Jolt—which refers to a life sentence—examines women's experiences in prison in both the US and Canada. 

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CBC Podcast on Cold Case Murders in Toronto's Gay Community

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

The CBC podcast, Uncover, returns for a second season of The Village.

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Kate Has a Plan — July 6, 2021

Tuesday, July 06, 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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ACLU Sues Biden Administration Over Transfers of Detained Immigrants from Newark

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Dozens of detainees have been transferred to faraway states in recent days. 

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Transgender Prisoners in N.J. Have New Rights After Historic Settlement with ACLU

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

New Jersey is instituting new protections for transgender prisoners.

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