Current Institutional Affiliation
Journalist, News, WNYC

Matt Katz reports for WNYC public radio and NPR about about immigration, refugees and national security. He covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for more than five years, first for The Philadelphia Inquirer and then for WNYC. In 2015, Matt and a WNYC team won a Peabody Award for the series “Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power.” In 2016, Matt’s biography of Christie, “American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption,” was published by Simon & Schuster.
Matt has written about politics and immigration for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico and The New Republic. He has reported abroad, winning the Livingston Award for International Reporting for a Philadelphia Inquirer series about reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. He started his career covering local school board, zoning and council meetings for The Daily Record in northern New Jersey before moving on to the Courier-Post in southern New Jersey, where he reported on urban issues and wrote a nationally syndicated dating column.

Award Information

Abe Fellowship for Journalists 2018
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Reporter, News, WNYC
Refugees In Japan: When A Global Crisis Comes Knocking, Will Doors Stay Closed?

There are more displaced people on earth than at any time in human history, as the desperate sneak across borders and wash up on shores. So countries debate: What kind of role should we have, if any, in solving this issue and alleviating the suffering? Japan is at an inflection point in this conversation. The refugee crisis is a fire that is now consuming all corners of the globe, including Asia. And that makes Japan -- a major economy with a mixed history in dealing with refugees -- an important place to study. I want to contribute a factual, nuanced and groundbreaking perspective to the questions surrounding Japan's refugee policies. Because it's not just about Japan -- it's about how countries everywhere struggle to balance national identity and human empathy. That's a struggle of our time.