The New Republic has a piece out today claiming a Pulitzer Prize author and former New York Times war correspondent plagiarized the work of a reporter who is well-known in New Jersey circles.
Chris Hedges is accused of submitting a manuscript about the plight of the city of Camden to Harper’s Magazine in 2010 that contained plagiarized material. The New Republic piece claims, according to an unidentified fact-checker assigned to the story, that “sections of Hedges’s draft appeared to have been lifted directly from the work of then-Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Matt Katz, who in 2009 had published a four-part series on social and political dysfunction in Camden.
The piece never ran in Harper’s Magazine.
Katz is a former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who currently covers New Jersey politics and Gov. Chris Christie for WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio.