About the Author
Jonathan Myerson Katz is a journalist and author. As the Associated Press chief correspondent in Haiti, he survived and was first to internationally report the January 2010 earthquake, then stayed to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed. That fall he broke the story that the United Nations likely caused—and was covering up its role in—a postquake cholera epidemic that killed thousands more. Katz is now a freelance journalist covering international and domestic affairs.
Katz was awarded the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism in 2011 for his work in Haiti. Other journalism recognition has included the National Headliners Award, two finalist recognitions by the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, several Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club awards, and finalist recognition by the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” In 2013, Katz was named one of Diplomatic Courier Magazine’s Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33.
Katz received the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for the year’s best book on international affaris, the Cornelius Ryan Award, for The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster. The book also received an unprecedented two recognitions from the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards from Columbia and Harvard Universities: the 2012 Work-in-Progress Award, and recognition as the finalist for the 2014 Book Prize. The Big Truck also won the 2013 Washington Office on Latin America/Duke University Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, was shortlisted for the Ridenhour Book Prize and Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, named a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2014 Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, selected for Barnes & Noble’s prestigious Discover Great New Writers program, and named one of the year’s best books by Slate, Amazon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews. Widely lauded by reviewers, it was recommended twice in the pages of the New York Times Sunday Book Review by authors Sheri Fink and Edwidge Danticat.
In seven years with AP, Katz also reported from Washington, Mexico City, New York, China, Jerusalem, Santo Domingo, and across the Caribbean. He has recently contributed to the New Yorker, New Republic, Foreign Policy, Guardian, Gawker, Slate, Beacon Reader, and other publications. Katz is a frequent guest on radio and television, with appearances including NBC Nightly News, the Tavis Smiley Show, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, the BBC, Democracy Now!, France 24, Fox News’ On the Record with Greta van Susteren, Al Jazeera America, NPR’s Morning Edition and other shows, and has been an invited speaker at dozens of universities and other institutions.
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