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:

Mounting Controversy Over NJ's Marijuana Regulatory Committee

Friday, March 05, 2021

The new commission in charge of figuring out the future of legalized weed in New Jersey is under criticism from some of the same advocates who backed the push for reform. 


Now That NJ Legalized Weed, State's Top Cop Tells Prosecutors to Drop Low-Level Charges

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New Jersey's Attorney General issued new law enforcement guidelines one day after Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation legalizing marijuana in the state.


NJ's Long and Winding Road to Marijuana Legalization

Monday, February 22, 2021

Gov. Murphy finally signed multiple pieces of legislation that officially legalize marijuana in the Garden State.


Still No Legal Weed in N.J., But Bill On Remaining Sticking Point Advances

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Senate is set to vote on the latest attempt at a cleanup bill to address penalties for underage users on Monday.


Trump’s First Atlantic City Casino Is Imploded, And Spectators Marvel At The Symbolism

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Trump name was officially vanquished Wednesday from the town that brought the former President Donald Trump so much fame, fortune and failure.


New Jersey Voted to Legalize Weed. So Why Are People Still Getting Arrested?

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and establish the regulatory structure for the state's marketplace remains unsigned by Gov. Phil Murphy.


New Jersey Voted to Legalize Weed. Why Are People Still Getting Arrested?

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and establish the regulatory structure for the state's marketplace remains unsigned by Gov. Phil Murphy.


Legislators Urge Removal of Corrections Commissioner Following Assault at N.J. Women's Prison

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

After the latest instance of prisoner abuse, lawmakers want federal authorities to help run the long-troubled prison.

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Lawsuit: Bergen County Jail Detention Center is Over Capacity

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Bergen County Jail's ICE detainees have gone on hunger strike, and 13 currently have COVID -- more than any other area facility.


QAnon, Militias, and White Supremacy: The Ideologies Behind NY & NJ Arrestees in Capitol Riot

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

White supremacists, QAnon adherents, militiamen and more allegedly went south from New York and New Jersey to stage an insurrection.


Former Chris Christie Aide Behind ‘Time For Some Traffic Problems’ Email Is Running for Office

Monday, January 25, 2021

Bridget Kelly says she didn’t know the 2013 lane closures at the George Washington Bridge was a plot to get back at Chris Christie’s political opponent.


Immigration Enforcement Enters New Era

Thursday, January 21, 2021

No deportations (for now). Fewer ICE arrests. And, maybe, no more "aliens."


Feds: Army Private, An Alleged ISIS Sympathizer, Discussed Attack On 9/11 Memorial

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Authorities say he discussed attacking the 9/11 memorial in New York -- and bombing American soldiers abroad.


A White Supremacist Group Spreads DIY Hate From NJ to the U.S. Capitol

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The New Jersey Heritage Association is known for spouting anti-Semitism and racism on stickers and leaflets that anyone can download and post in their neighborhood.


Pro-Trump Demonstrations Fail to Materialize in Trenton

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Reports that armed MAGA rallies in Trenton and other state capitols across the nation on Sunday turned out to be false.


Congresswoman Says Trump Administration Shields Border Agents Involved in Racist Facebook Posts

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is alleging that the Trump Administration is protecting dozens of border control officers involved in secret, racist Facebook groups. 


Lawyers: ICE Hunger Strikers Facing Retaliation

Friday, January 08, 2021

Hunger strikers are transferred to solitary confinement with no working toilets.

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NJ Man Is Among Those Arrested At Capitol Seige

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Leonard Guthrie of Cape May was charged with unlawful entry of the Capitol building.

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ICE Hunger Strikes Spread To Another New Jersey Jail

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Despite fear of retaliatory transfers, the hunger strikes continue at local ICE jails.


Immigrant Detainees Held by ICE Are Going On Hunger Strikes

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Immigrant detainees in the U.S. are often illegally held in county jails by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Activists in New York and New Jersey want ICE to release detainees now.