Jeffrey Katz

Jeffrey L. Katz is the Deputy Managing Editor of Digital News, where he takes a leading role in coordinating and developing NPR's news presence at Katz sets the Web site's daily and long-term news assignments and priorities, serves as an advocate for online coverage with the network's news desks and programs, and helps oversee coverage of breaking news events.

Katz previously served as an editor at NPR's Morning Edition, where he edited interviews by hosts and correspondents, reporter-based stories, commentaries and series. He joined the network in 1999 as an editor on NPR's National Desk, where he was responsible for coverage of education, welfare and sports.

Before then, Katz spent two decades in print journalism. He began his journalism career at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. From 1978 to 1984, he served as an urban affairs reporter and editorial writer in Memphis, and as the newspaper's correspondent in Little Rock, Ark., where he also wrote a weekly column.

In 1984, Katz received a congressional fellowship from The American Political Science Association, during which he served on the staff of Rep. Barbara Kennelly and Sen. Al Gore.

From 1986 to 1989, Katz was The Milwaukee Journal's political reporter, covering campaigns for president, Congress, governor, mayor and county executive. He developed public opinion polls, analyzed local and state public policy issues and occasionally covered Chicago politics. He also wrote a bi-weekly column.

He became a staff writer for Governing Magazine in 1990, writing about state and local public policy issues, and then joined Congressional Quarterly two years later. At CQ Weekly Report, Katz mainly covered social policy issues, including welfare, education, housing, urban affairs, low-income nutrition programs, child welfare and the appropriations process. He later covered the House leadership, impeachment and ethics process.

Katz participated in the first conference of the Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland in 1993, then served on its national advisory board for a number of years.

Katz graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism in 1978.

Book Reviews
6:03 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Alan Furst's New 'Mission' Delivers Spy Thrills

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 7:09 pm

Alan Furst is fixated on a place on the verge of all-out war — and his many readers are grateful for his obsession.

Furst is the wonderfully inventive author of a series of novels set in Europe on the eve of World War II. He's often been compared to John le Carre, Graham Greene and other masters of fictional espionage. But it's time to consider him on his own merits.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Thu May 31, 2012

A Family's Visit To Holocaust 'Stumbling Stones' Evokes Strong Emotions

The names of Jeffrey Katz's family members are depicted on "stumbling stones" in Lembeck, Germany. His relatives owned a home on the property near the stones, before they were evicted in 1942.
Jeffrey Katz NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 8:15 am

(NPR's Eric Westervelt reported from Germany on Morning Edition about the effort to remember Holocaust victims by engraving their names on bricks, or "stumbling stones," placed on sidewalks throughout Germany. Some of those stones bear the names of Jeffrey Katz's relatives.

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It's All Politics
6:38 am
Wed January 11, 2012

'New Hampshire And Beyond': A Special Elections Podcast

Voters cast ballots in the gym of the Webster School in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 7:32 am

Mitt Romney's convincing win in New Hampshire — and what that might mean for upcoming contests in the Republican presidential race — is the subject of a special podcast prepared fresh this morning from NPR News.

The podcast includes highlights from what the candidates had to say about the outcome in New Hampshire, plus NPR reporting on how Romney put together his victory. It also examines how the focus of the campaign will change as the GOP hopefuls descend on South Carolina ahead of that state's Jan. 21 primary.

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It's All Politics
6:41 am
Wed January 4, 2012

'Iowa And Beyond': Listen To A Special NPR Podcast

NPR News has prepared a special podcast on the first presidential contest of the year — and where the race goes from here.

The podcast includes highlights from NPR's reporting from the Iowa caucuses as well as analysis of the potential impact. You'll hear from the candidates — several of whom count themselves among the winners — plus others who are reassessing their chances. Republican caucusgoers weigh in on how they made up their minds, and we hear from Democratic caucusgoers preparing for battle in the fall.

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