Matt Katz

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Matt Katz (born July 4, 1978)[1] is an American journalist.

Career and works[edit]

Katz works for WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio, and has written for Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic. He was previously a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Courier-Post and the Daily Record.[2][3] He is known for his coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.[3][2] He ran The Christie Tracker for New Jersey Public Radio.[4][5]

Katz was a member of a WNYC team that won a 2015 Peabody Award for its series on Governor Christie entitled, "Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power."[2] He won the Livingston Award for International Reporting for a series on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.[4][6]

Katz is the author of American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption, a political profile of Chris Christie published on January 19, 2016 by Simon & Schuster.[7][2][8][9]

Prior to becoming a political journalist, Katz was known as South Jersey's Carrie Bradshaw when he wrote a dating advice column.[10]

He is Jewish and asserts that he suffered anti-semitic harassment as a result of reporting critically on U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.[11]

Background and education[edit]

Katz is the son of Roberta and Richard Katz of Roslyn, New York. He married Deborah Anne Hurwitz in 2004.[12]

Katz has an undergraduate degree in Political Communication from George Washington University. He is member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.[13]


  1. ^ David, Furst. "This Week in Politics: A Transportation Flap for Christie, Again". Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Lavin, Enrique (19 August 2015). "A special live event: Tom Moran & friends dissect Christie's impact on N.J." Star-Ledger. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Trethan, Phaedra (31 December 2015). "You say you want a resolution? A few suggestions". Courier-Post. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Matt Katz; employee bio". New Jersey Public Radio. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  5. ^ "WNYC Hires "The Christie Chronicles" Blogger Matt Katz". WNYC. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  6. ^ "The Inquirer's Matt Katz wins the Livingston Award for international reporting". Philadelphia Inquirer. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ Alfaro, Alyana (28 December 2015). "Book Review: Matt Katz's 'American Governor'". PolitikerNJ. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  8. ^ SHERRYL CONNELLY (17 January 2016). "Chris Christie's hunger for power revealed in new book". NY Daily News.
  9. ^ "Who Is Chris Christie?". WNYC.
  10. ^ "Reporter Matt Katz figured the best way to get a girl was to start a dating". 21 December 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  11. ^ Katz, Matt (28 June 2016). "Trump-Inspired Anti-Semitism Prompts Fear, Police Reports...and a Gun Purchase". WNYC News. New York Public Radio. Retrieved 10 May 2017. For me, it took just a few days of reporting on Trump before I was called a 'Kike.' Then, my name was posted inside triple parentheses.
  12. ^ "Deborah Hurwitz, Matt Katz". The New York Times. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Deborah Hurwitz, Matt Katz - Weddings and Celebrations". 29 August 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2017 – via