About the Author

Jonathan Myerson Katz is a writer and reporter. 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 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.

As an author, Katz received the Overseas Press Club of America’s top nonfiction prize, 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 the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, and the 2013 Washington Office on Latin America/Duke University Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. It was further shortlisted for The Nation Institute’s Ridenhour Book Prize and Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and named a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2014 Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism (along with four Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists). Listed as one of the year’s best books by Slate,, The Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews, The Big Truck That Went By was selected upon publication for Barnes & Noble’s prestigious Discover Great New Writers program, widely lauded by reviewers, and recommended twice in the pages of the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

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, Al Jazeera America, and NPR, and has been an invited speaker at dozens of universities and other institutions. Follow him on Twitter @KatzOnEarth.

For speaking engagements contact:

Arlynn Greenbaum
(212) 481-8484 ext. 336

(photo by Zach Hetrick)