Yaakov Katz (journalist)

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Yaakov Katz (Hebrew: יעקב כץ‎, born 1979) is an American-born Israeli journalist and author who currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post.[1][2]

He is a faculty member and lecturer at Harvard University's Extension School where he teaches an advanced online course on journalism.

He is the former military correspondent and defense analyst for The Jerusalem Post - a job he served in for 10 years - and the Israel correspondent for Jane's Defense Weekly[3] and USA Today.[4] His writings have also appeared in the Daily Beast,[5] Al Jazeera English, Israel Defense, Newsmax, Special Operations Report, Fair Observer[6] and other publications.

Prior to taking up the role of Editor-in-Chief at The Jerusalem Post, Katz served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Israel's Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett.[7]

Katz's second book - "Weapons Wizards" - written together with veteran Walla News military correspondent Amir Bohbot was published by St. Martin's Press in the Fall of 2016 and tells the behind-the-scenes story of how Israel invented its revolutionary weapons and military technology.[8] [1]

His first book, Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War[9] which Katz co-authored with Yoaz Hendel was published by Potomac Books in 2012 in the US and by Kinneret Zmora-Bitan in Israel, where it spent several weeks on the bestseller list.

In 2012-2013, Katz was one of 12 international fellows to spend a year at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism[10][11] at Harvard.

He also has a law degree from Bar Ilan University and in 2013, was selected as an outstanding alumnus and profiled by the university's magazine.[12]

Katz has lectured at dozens of college campuses across the US and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to Israeli security and Middle East politics.[13][14]

Originally from Chicago, Katz lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their four children.


  • Yaakov Katz; Yoaz Hendel. Israel vs. Iran (Zmora -Bitan Books, April 2011, Potomac Books 2012) Google Books


  1. ^ "Yaakov Katz named new 'Post' editor-in-chief". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. ^ "עורך חדש ל"ג'רוזלם פוסט": יעקב כץ יחליף את סטיב לינדה". Walla News. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Jewish National Fund". www.jnf.org. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  4. ^ "Topics Index Page - USATODAY.com". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  5. ^ "Yaakov Katz". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  6. ^ "Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War - Fair Observer". Fair Observer. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  7. ^ "'Post' military reporter Yaakov Katz named adviser to Bennett". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  8. ^ "Grapevine: Cutting-edge celebrations". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  9. ^ https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Israel-vs-Iran,676650.aspx. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "'Post' reporter wins Harvard fellowship". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  11. ^ "Yaakov Katz - Nieman Foundation". nieman.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  12. ^ "Bar-Ilan Alumni Yaakov Katz: How Judaism has Created the World's most Moral Army". www.biubogrim.org.il. Retrieved 2015-12-28.
  13. ^ "http://www.aipac.org/hp/2013-new-haven-community-event". www.aipac.org. Retrieved 2015-12-28. External link in |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Hasbara Fellowships - The Hasbara Campus Blog". www.hasbarafellowships.org. Retrieved 2015-12-28.