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 NPR.org. 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.