Matt Katz

Reporter, WNYC News

Matt Katz appears in the following:

The New York Post, Bail Reform, and the 'Poop Perp'

Friday, May 06, 2022

The local tabloid's influence on the criminal legal system in New York City. 

Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Crime Edition

Friday, May 06, 2022

Bias in crime reporting can be sneaky. Here’s how to spot it. 

How to Protect Whistleblowers Calling Out Police Misconduct

Friday, May 06, 2022

And the renewed push on Capitol Hill to hold police abusers accountable. 

'It stays in your mind': When crime goes viral, fear of crime goes up

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Major crime totals are in fact up compared to 2019, before the pandemic, when crime was at historic lows. But what has increased perhaps more than crime is the fear of crime.

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When a Mental Health Crisis Prompts a 911 Call

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Mayor Adams proposed more funding for a program that sends social workers and EMTs instead of police officers to respond to certain 911 calls. Matt Katz explains.

Bucking activists’ 2020 hopes, New Jersey expands its state police

Monday, April 25, 2022

Social justice activists are questioning why New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is expanding state police funding by $9 million. 

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Brazilian Baile Funk Goes Global

Friday, April 22, 2022

Last week, Brazilian pop star Anitta made her debut on Coachella's main stage. 

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Listening Party: Old Crow Medicine Show, 'Paint This Town'

Friday, April 22, 2022

Old-time country band Old Crow Medicine Show have a new album out today titled Paint This Town.

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A History of American Wiretapping

Friday, April 22, 2022

We Here For You. Professor Brian Hochman takes us through the history of survellience and how it's become commonplace in recent years. 

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'Tai Asks Why' on Earth Day

Friday, April 22, 2022

Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole joins us to talk about the new season of his CBC podcast, Tai Asks Why, which includes episodes about issues related to climate change.

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Legal Weed in the Garden State

Friday, April 22, 2022

Reporter Karen Yi visited some New Jersey dispensaries on the first day they opened and joins us to talk about how the state's legal marijuana sales are going.

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Police in New York are making more arrests, particularly on the subways

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

The crime rate is up in New York, and so are the number of arrests, according to the NYPD’s latest data.

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How much property and cash does each New Jersey police department seize? We will soon find out.

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

New Jersey is bringing transparency to law enforcement’s practice of confiscating private property it believes may be connected to illegal activity. 

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City council questions 'broken windows' policing strategy

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

City council members clashed with top NYPD officials at a hearing Wednesday over the department’s new focus on cracking down on low-level crimes. 

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The city is expanding a program that diverts some mental health emergency calls from police to social workers and medics

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

New York is expanding a pilot program that dispatches unarmed professionals to listen to, and otherwise assist, those experiencing mental health crises. 

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Class-action lawsuit targets NYPD practice of secretly collecting DNA

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Lawyers hope to end the practice and get DNA profiles expunged.

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War Crimes Tribunals in the Digital Age

Friday, March 18, 2022

How online content might be used to prosecute war crimes. 

Why the Ukrainian Biolabs Lie Went Viral

Friday, March 18, 2022

How a far-right conspiracy theory crossed oceans. 

The Reporters Who Saw World War II Coming

Friday, March 18, 2022

The small group of foreign correspondents who delivered the news to millions.

The number of homeless people killed in NYC is increasing

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Advocates say talk of a homeless problem -- without a solution -- may fuel the violence.

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