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Jonathan M. Katz is a former Associated Press correspondent and editor. The only full-time American news correspondent stationed in Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake, he stayed on to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed. That fall, he broke the story that UN peacekeepers were the likely cause of a postquake cholera epidemic that killed thousands of people. Katz was awarded the 2010 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism and the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award for 'The Big Truck That Went By.' Other recognition has included a National Headliners Award and finalist recognition by the Livingston Award and Michael Kelly Award for the "fearless pursuit and expression of truth." In seven years with AP, Katz al ...more

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“[For] decades, researchers have told us that the link between cataclysm and social disintegration is a myth perpetuated by movies, fiction, and misguided journalism. In fact, in case after case, the opposite occurs: In the earthquake and fire of 1906, Jack London observed: "never, in all San Francisco's history, were her people so kind and courteous as on this night of terror." "We did not panic. We coped," a British psychiatrist recalled after the July 7, 2005, London subway bombings. We often assume that such humanity among survivors, what author Rebecca Solnit has called "a paradise built in hell," is an exception after catastrophes, specific to a particular culture or place. In fact, it is the rule.”
Jonathan M. Katz, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

“Aristide promised social equity and a redistribution of land and wealth and, above all, bo tab la, a place for the disenfranchised at the decision-making table. The people rewarded him with an overwhelming 67 percent of the vote.”
Jonathan M. Katz, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster

“two-thirds of the colony’s slave population at the start of the 1790s had been born in Africa, nearly all arriving after the last great earthquake on Saint-Domingue.7 The white masters refused to educate slaves, if they could communicate with them at all.”
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