Jonathan Myerson Katz is a journalist and author. A regular New York Times and New York Times Magazine contributor covering national and international affairs, his work has been featured in the New Republic, Slate, The Atlantic, Guardian, Foreign Policy, Politico Magazine, Gawker, The New Yorker, and other publications, with grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Katz was the Associated Press correspondent in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2010, when he survived and provided the first international alert of the deadliest earthquake ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.
Months later, he unearthed the first evidence showing that United Nations peacekeepers had caused a cholera epidemic that would kill 10,000 people more. Despite pressure from the organization and its allies to back down, Katz followed his initial report with successive scoops strengthening the case and revealing the U.N. was covering up its negligence. In 2016, armed with a confidential internal report, he prompted the U.N. to admit for the first time it played a role in the outbreak, which he reported on the front page of the New York Times. "[Katz's] reporting on the UN's role in the Haiti cholera outbreak is one of the great journalistic feats of our era," The Atlantic's Armin Rosen wrote. "The initial outbreak, the coverup, the lawsuits, the U.N.'s internal self-reckoning ... [Katz] was there for all of it, and broke the story more or less on his own."
Katz was awarded the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism (since renamed in honor of James Foley) for his reporting on the earthquake and aftermath. Other journalism recognition has included the National Headliners Award, two finalist recognitions by the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, and finalist recognition by the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth.”
His first book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, was a finalist for the biennial PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction and won the Overseas Press Club of America's Cornelius Ryan Book Award for the year’s best book on international affairs. The first book to garner two recognitions from the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project at Columbia and Harvard University, it also won the Washington Office on Latin America’s Human Rights Book Award, was shortlisted for the Ridenhour Book Prize and Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and was one of five finalists for the New York Public Library’s prestigious Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism alongside four Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists. The book was selected for Barnes & Noble’s prestigious Discover Great New Writers program, and named one of the year’s best by Slate, Amazon, the Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews.
He is now working on a book for St. Martin’s Press about the creation and legacy of American empire.
Katz has reported from dozens of countries since getting his start overseas at AP's Jerusalem bureau during the Second Intifada. Other stories have included the Paris climate talks, Mexico's drug wars, police violence in the United States, hurricanes from New York to Puerto Rico, and the 2015 murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C. In 2005, he broke the story that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist engaged in possible insider stock trading ahead of a presidential run, launching two federal investigations. He previously worked for Congressional Quarterly and covered the Pentagon for Lee Newspapers at the start of the Iraq War.
Katz is currently the director of the media and journalism initiative at Duke's John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.
You can follow him on Twitter @KatzOnEarth.