Jonathan Myerson Katz is a journalist, author, and ASU Future of War National Fellow at New America. 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 over six years of investigation and a federal lawsuit. In 2016, Katz obtained the first admission from the Secretary-General that the U.N. 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. Now 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 directs the media and journalism initiative at Duke's John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

You can follow him on Twitter @KatzOnEarth.

Photo and cover photo/Patrick Witty

Photo and cover photo/Patrick Witty