Jonathan Myerson Katz is a journalist and author. His first book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, was a PEN Literary Award finalist and won the Overseas Press Club of America’s Cornelius Ryan Award for the year’s best book on international affairs. Katz was the Associated Press correspondent in Haiti when he survived and provided the first international alert of the deadliest earthquake ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Soon after he produced the first evidence showing United Nations peacekeepers caused a devastating post-quake cholera epidemic, launching six years of investigation and federal lawsuits. In 2016, Katz obtained the first admission from the U.N. Secretary-General that his organization had played a role in the outbreak and the deaths of more than 10,000 people. He was awarded the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism in 2011. Katz was a 2019 National Fellow at New America in the Future of War program, sponsored by Arizona State University. A regular contributor to the New York Times and other publications, Katz is writing a book about Smedley Butler and the Marines who created America's empire. He regularly appears on TV and radio and formerly directed the Media & Journalism Initiative at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. His newsletter, The Long Version, is featured on Substack.com.
Follow him on Twitter @KatzOnEarth.