IAmA journalist who watched my house fall down during the Haiti earthquake, then wrote a book about where all the relief money went. AMA.
Hey, Reddit. I'm Jonathan M. Katz, a former Associated Press correspondent who lived in Haiti for three and a half years. On one of those days, I survived the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that killed an estimated 316,000 people. I stuck around for a year after the quake to cover the aftermath and investigate the (failed) reconstruction. I broke a bunch of stories you might have heard about, including that United Nations soldiers likely caused a cholera epidemic that's killed nearly 8,000 more people.
I just wrote a book about it called The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster. You can get it here, or here, or here.
I've reported from other places too.
I'll be back at 2 pm ET. Ask me anything!
UPDATE 2:02 p.m. ET: I'm here. Let's do this thing.
UPDATE 3:49 p.m. ET: Great conversation. I'm sticking around a little longer. Let's keep it going.
UPDATE 4:01 p.m. ET: No one has asked about Bill Clinton, Wyclef Jean, or Sean Penn. That's got to be some kind of record.
UPDATE 6:06 p.m. ET: Thanks everyone for a great discussion. I'm still answering questions but going to start winding down. Keep posting your questions/comments/retorts, though; I'll keep checking today, and periodically after, to answer them.
Two other things:
_ Our friend and journalism colleague James Foley is still missing in Syria after being kidnapped on Thanksgiving. That was 83 days ago. His family is asking for any information, and can be reached at www.freejamesfoley.org.
Keep the questions coming! Na pale.