Matt Katz, writer of the “Christie Chronicles” for The Philadelphia Inquirer, is heading north for New Jersey Public Radio where he will be covering the Christie beat for public radio in New York and New Jersey.
WNYC announced that Katz will “continue to cover Christie and other New Jersey stories, and his work will be heard on both WNYC and NJPR.” Katz will begin on Tuesday, November 12.
Katz is not just known and acknowledged for his work covering NJ’s most charismatic governor. In a release, WNYC reported:
Katz is a winner of the Livingston Award, a prestigious honor given to the best journalists under 35, which he won for his reporting from Afghanistan for the Inquirer in 2010. He also produced award-winning investigative coverage of Camden for the Inquirer. In 2012, he won first place for political reporting from the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.”
Katz has been recognized by the New Jersey Press Association for several breaking news stories including the arrests of alleged terrorists seeing to attack Fort Dix, and in 2001 was awarded the Robert M. Kelly Award from the NJPA for being the most accomplished reporter in the state after one year in the profession.
Prior to his role at the Inquirer, where he has been since 2008, Katz covered New Jersey for the Morris County Daily Record from 2000 to 2002 and the Camden Courier Post from 2002 to 2008. Katz has also freelanced for The New Republic on New Jersey politics.
“Chris Christie is one of the most compelling political figures in the nation, and it’s a sign of the maturation of New Jersey Public Radio that we can now devote a reporter to covering him,” said Jim Schachter, Vice President for News at WNYC, in the release. “Matt Katz has shown himself to be a tough, enterprising reporter on assignments that have taken him from Camden to Afghanistan. And he’s covered Governor Christie like nobody else. We’re delighted to welcome him to the WNYC/NJPR team.”
“I’m an enormous fan of public radio, and so having a chance to stay on the Christie beat via a new medium was an enticing opportunity,” said Katz. “I’m excited to join one of the most prestigious news organizations in the world, while continuing to cover one of the country’s most animated and intriguing politicians.” Katz recently enjoyed the spotlight as one of the questioners at the Oct. 15 gubernatorial debate at Montclair State University.
Katz leaves the Inquirer at a time of internal turmoil. The Inquirer has been in the news regarding a lawsuit amongst ownership over the recent firing of editor-in-chief William K. Marimow. The Katz coup comes hot on the heels of another high-profile poaching in New Jersey news recently: on September 26, NJ.com announced that it was hiring Darryl Isherwood, editor of PolitickerNJ.com, as its new senior political reporter.
Schachter tweeted the Matt Katz hiring this morning:
Capital New York was the first to post a story on the hiring, at 11:30 a.m.