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 2010 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 2103 WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. The book was shortlisted for The Nation Institute’s Ridenhour Book Prize and Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and has been named a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2014 Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. It made best-of lists from Slate, Amazon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews, was selected for Barnes & Noble’s prestigious Discover Great New Writers program, and recommended twice in 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, Foreign Policy, The 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.
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