The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #127: Katz In The Cradle

New Jersey governor Chris Christie is known for talking smack to reporters. Like this:

That “I worked the cones” comment was aimed at WNYC’s Matt Katz, who has always seemed emboldened by the governor’s antagonism—using it as fuel to drive him to dig deeper in his reporting. To create Peabody award-winning coverage of the “Bridgegate” scandal.

And that’s why I was so surprised to hear some tape Matt sent us, fretting over a thing he wanted to tell his five-year-old daughter, Sadie.

Tune in as Matt reveals his family secret to Sadie. It involves a proposal to a pre-schooler, a changed identity, a break-in, some threats involving the FBI—and the truth about Matt’s father.

Matt (top left) with his family

Yes, I am geeking out over Matt Katz
And you should, too. He is one of those reporters who, whenever I hear him on the radio, I stop what I’m doing and I listen.

If you want to hear the full scoop on what it was like to cover Chris Christie up close for four years, check out Matt’s Fresh Air interview.

And read his biography of Christie: American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption.

Also tune in on June 27th to hear Matt’s episode on the podcast The United States of Anxiety. He’ll be talking about the culture wars around Islam in the US.

What have you been nervous to reveal to YOUR family?
And how did it go? Share the juicy details below.

Top photo: Four-year-old Matt at his parents’ wedding

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