About the Author

Jonathan Myerson Katz is a writer and reporter. The only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake, he stayed on to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed the disaster. That fall, he broke the story that UN peacekeepers had likely caused (and were covering up their role in) a postquake cholera epidemic that has since killed more than 9,000 people.

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, was shortlisted for The Nation Institute’s 2014 Ridenhour Book Prize, and named a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2014 Helen Bernstein Award. It was also was selected by Barnes & Noble’s prestigious Discover Great New Writers program, named a best nonfiction book of 2013 by Slate,, The Christian Science Monitor, and Kirkus Reviews, and recommended twice in the pages of the New York Times Book Review.

Other journalism recognition has included the National Headliners Award, multiple finalist recognitions by the Livingston Awards, 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.

In seven years with the Associated Press, Katz also 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, Beacon Reader, the New Yorker website, and other publications. Katz has been a frequent guest on radio and television, with appearances including NBC Nightly News, the BBC, MSNBC, Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, and NPR.

On Twitter: @KatzOnEarth

For speaking engagements contact:

Arlynn Greenbaum
(212) 481-8484 ext. 336

(photo by Zach Hetrick)