About the Author
Jonathan Myerson Katz is a writer and reporter. The only full-time American news correspondent stationed in Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake, he stayed on to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed. That fall, he broke the story that UN peacekeepers had likely caused (and were covering up their role in) a massive postquake cholera epidemic that has since killed thousands of people.
Katz was awarded the 2010 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for his work in Haiti, and the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award for The Big Truck That Went By. The book was also selected for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. Other journalism recognition had included the National Headliners Award, multiple Society of Professional Journalists Deadline Club awards, and finalist recognition by the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” In seven years with the Associated Press, Katz also reported from Washington, Mexico City, New York, China, Jerusalem, and across the Caribbean. He has also contributed to Slate, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Gawker, The Daily Beast, and others, and been a frequent guest on radio and television including MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, the BBC, Democracy Now!, and NPR. You can follow him on Twitter (@KatzOnEarth).
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