Reporter bio

Lee Michael Katz

Lee Michael Katz is an award-winning journalist, analyst and author.

Currently a prominent freelance writer, Katz is the former Senior Diplomatic Correspondent of USA Today and International Editor of UPI News Service.

Based in the Washington, D.C. area, he has reported from more than 60 countries.  Katz’s expertise includes foreign policy and diplomacy, peace talks, national security, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction policy, foundation grants, business and financial topics.

He has written for publications and web sites that include The Washington Post, National Journal, Salon.com, The Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, Congressional Quarterly’s Global Researcher, The AARP Bulletin, Carnegie Results, Global Security Newswire and many others.

Lee Michael Katz’s work has been syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate.

In 2007, he won a Stanley Foundation Reporting Project Journalism Award toward coverage of the United States and Europe.

His policy analysis op-eds have been printed in most major American newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Detroit News, Seattle Times, and numerous others.

At UPI and USA Today, he regularly traveled around the world with Presidents and Secretaries of State. Washingtonian Magazine described him as authoritative” in an article on top journalists in Washington.

Before that, he was a special correspondent for The Washington Post. Katz contributed regularly to the Outlook Section, as well as The Washington Post magazine and other areas of the newspaper, ranging from news to business.

His worldwide media appearances include CNN, BBC and C-Span as well as other foreign, national and local television and radio programs and news shows.

He is the author of the popular biography, My Name Is Geraldine Ferraro, with an initial press run of 200,000 copies.

Katz is known for his exclusive interviews, which have been reprinted in college-level textbooks, including The Writer’s Roles and Behind The Scenes In American Government.

His interviews include worldwide figures that range from current Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, South Africa’s Desmond Tutu and Madeleine Albright.

Others interviewed by Lee Michael Katz include financier Warren Buffett, broadcasters from  Walter Cronkite to Wolf Blitzer, musicians from James Brown to Frank Zappa and other figures in business and popular culture.

Lee Michael Katz began his full-time career at Virginia’s suburban Journal newspapers in the Washington, D.C. area. He won Virginia Press awards for news writing and investigative reporting.

Katz holds a master’s degree from Columbia University.

RSS feed


Produced by Lee Michael Katz

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardshipi
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
May 28, 2015 6:48 PM
Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Expelled from Pakistan, Afghan Refugees Return to Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.
Video

Video Britain Makes Controversial Move to Crack Down on Extremism

Britain is moving to tighten controls on extremist rhetoric, even when it does not incite violence or hatred -- a move that some are concerned might unduly restrict basic freedoms. It is an issue many countries are grappling with as extremist groups gain power in the Middle East, fueled in part by donations and fighters from the West. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Floodwaters Recede in Houston, but Rain Continues

Many parts of Texas are recovering from one of the worst natural disasters to hit the southwestern state. Heavy rains on Monday and early Tuesday caused rivers to swell in eastern and central Texas, washing away homes and killing at least 13 people. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, floodwaters are receding slowly in the country's fourth-largest city, and there likely is to be more rain in the coming days.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
Video

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.

VOA Blogs