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 killed thousands.
Katz received the 2010 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for his work in Haiti, and won the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award for The Big Truck That Went By. The book also won the 2013 WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, and was selected for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. Other journalism recognition has 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 2013, Katz was named one of Diplomatic Courier Magazine’s Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33.
Besides Haiti, in seven years with the Associated Press, Katz reported from Washington, Mexico City, New York, China, Jerusalem, Santo Domingo, and across the Caribbean. He has contributed to Slate, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Gawker, The Daily Beast, and others, and been a frequent guest on radio and television including NBC Nightly News, the BBC, MSNBC, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera, and NPR. You can follow him on Twitter (@KatzOnEarth).
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