Marisa Mazria Katz

Journalist, Producer, Editor

Biography

Marisa Mazria Katz is a journalist/editor of Syrian descent. She has contributed to numerous publications, including the The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, NPR, Marketplace, Time and The New York Review of Books.

She has been awarded major grants from the Keith Haring Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Andy Warhol Foundation for her editorial work. In 2009 she received funding from the US State Department for a four-year program that taught journalism to teenagers from a marginalized community in Casablanca, Morocco. In 2018 Mazria Katz served as one of the first Kickstarter Fellows, and later that year she founded the Craig Newmark Philanthropies–funded program the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism. The program—whose central mission is to support artists seeking to make work for major media publications like The New Yorker, The Guardian, Wired and The Atlantic—has helped facilitate pieces that have gone on to win a Pulitzer Prize, New York Press Club award, and a SXSW Film Festival 2021 Special Jury Recognition for Immersive Journalism. 

Mazria Katz was the founding editor of Creative Time Reports. The program’s key goal was to publish artists’ unflinching perspectives on the most challenging issues of our times. With Creative Time Reports, artists were correspondents and brought their own unique spin to current events. Under her tenure, the website co-published Creative Time Reports content with The GuardianAl Jazeera AmericaForeign PolicyThe New YorkerSlateSalonThe Intercept and many more. In 2019, she published with Paper Chase Press and Creative Time, Artists on the News, a selection of work from Creative Time Reports.

Mazria Katz currently teaches the course "Artists Report: Making the News" at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Experience

  • RISDCritic2022–Present
  • Eyebeam Center for the Future of JournalismFounding Editor2017–2021
  • Creative Time ReportsEditor-in-Chief2011–2017
  • US Department of StateGrantee2009–2013

Awards

  • Kickstarter Fellow Grant2017
  • Trust for Mutual Understanding Grant2016
  • Andy Warhol Foundation Grant2015
  • Keith Haring Foundation Grant2012

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Portraits courtesy of David Scanavino and Pussy Riot. Website set in Reckless Neue and Centra No. 2. Designed by Ross Zurowski.