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:

NY-12 Debate Recap; 'Embedded' in the Yonkers Police Department; How Newborn Blood Screenings Connect to Constitutional Rights; Monarch Butterflies Endangered

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

NY-12 Debate Recap; 'Embedded' in the Yonkers Police Department; How Newborn Blood Screenings Connect to Constitutional Rights; Monarch Butterflies Endangered

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NY area’s ICE detention facilities are emptying, with local immigrants moved across the country

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s suddenly transferred dozens of New York and New Jersey immigrants out of a detention center in the Hudson Valley this week. 

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4 officers indicted on charges that they failed to stop a man’s suicide attempt at Rikers

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Three correction officers and a captain at Rikers Island were arrested Monday on charges that it took them nearly eight minutes to intervene when a man attempted suicide by hanging.

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Solitary confinement persists at Rikers Island, just by different names

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Although corrections officials claim there is no solitary confinement at the city’s jail complex, the practice still exists by other names. 

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A city correction officer is fired after yet another person dies at Rikers

Monday, July 11, 2022

City officials have fired a correction officer following the death of the eighth detainee at the Rikers Island jail complex this year, Department of Correction officials said.

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Tuesday Morning Politics; Period Tracking Apps and Digital Privacy; Commissioner Molina on the Rikers Action Plan; NYC's Dearth of Public Bathrooms

Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Tuesday Morning Politics; Period Tracking Apps and Digital Privacy; Commissioner Molina on the Rikers Action Plan; NYC's Dearth of Public Bathrooms

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Fear of mass shootings leads to instances of public panic in NYC

Friday, July 01, 2022

Mass shootings in the United States are so commonplace that the very fear of them is manifesting in public panics, according to mental health and public safety experts.

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New York City Council avoids thorniest issues during jails hearing

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

New York City Council members question the city’s jails chief and Mayor Eric Adams' chief counsel about the ongoing humanitarian crisis at Rikers Island.

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No immediate federal takeover at Rikers, even as lack of bathrooms lead inmates to urinate on the floor

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams and the city Department of Correction will avoid a federal takeover of the dangerous Rikers Island jail complex for at least the next five months.  

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Unlike in N.Y. -- and unlike in Congress -- gun safety bills mostly stalled in N.J. legislature

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

In New Jersey, scheduling votes in the legislature on eight bills that seek to address gun violence is proving to be a political slog. 

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Previewing the January 6th Committee Hearings; Common Sense Gun Control; Sports and Integration in Brooklyn; New York Sports Are Flying High

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Previewing the January 6th Committee Hearings; Common Sense Gun Control, Explained; Sports and Integration in Brooklyn; New York Sports Are Flying High

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Mental health pros to tag along with cops on certain 911 calls in North Jersey

Monday, June 06, 2022

Mental health professional will arrive along with a police officer in a modified uniform at some 911 calls for behavioral health crises in two cities in North Jersey. 

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Building trust between cops and community in Newark begins with talking about trauma

Thursday, June 02, 2022

For the last several years Trauma to Trust has brought community members--activists, youth volunteers, social workers, and others–-together with city police officers.

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Photoville Festival Returns With Over 60 Free Exhibitions

Thursday, June 02, 2022

The 5 borough, outdoor photography festival, Photoville opens Saturday and we'll get a preview of this summer's exhibit plus meet one of the featured photographers.

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The History and Mystery of the Bicycle

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Jody Rosen, author of, Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle, joins us to discuss his new book and take calls from our cycling-enthusiastic listeners.

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Henri Matisse's Red Studio at MoMA

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Paintings and sculptures from Henri Matisse's Red Studio are reunited for the first time in this new exhibition of works at MoMa. Organizer Ann Temkin joins to discuss.

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Tips for Cooking in the Summer

Thursday, June 02, 2022

New York Times' food and cooking editor talks about some of the best recipes to test in the kitchen this summer.

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The CBC's 'Someone Knows Something' Takes on Anti-Abortion Violence in the 90's

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

We're joined by the host and contributing reporter of the CBC podcast, Someone Knows Something, which looks into shootings of abortion providers in the U.S and Canada in the 1990's.

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A LIRR Transit Update with Stephen Nessen

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

WNYC transit reporter Stephen Nessen catches us up on the latest on the Grand Central Madison project, which will connect LIRR to the east side of Manhattan.

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Previewing Lincoln Center's Summer for the City Series

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

We preview Lincoln Center's Summer for the City series, including the festival's new outdoor dance floor, The Oasis.

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