Diane Katz

Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy

The Heritage Foundation

Diane Katz

Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy

The Heritage Foundation

Diane Katz, who has analyzed and written on public policy issues for more than two decades, is a research fellow in regulatory policy at The Heritage Foundation.

A veteran journalist and policy analyst from Detroit, Katz joined Heritage’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies in August 2010.

She previously was director of risk, environment and energy policy for three years at the Fraser Institute, an independent policy research and educational organization in Canada. From 2002 to 2008, she was director of science, environment and technology for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free market think tank in Midland, Mich.

As a member of the editorial board of the Detroit News for nine years, Katz specialized in writing about science and the environment, telecommunications and technology, and the auto industry. She also covered national issues as a reporter in the newspaper’s Washington bureau. Her work won top honors from the Michigan Press Association in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Katz’s analyses and commentary have been published by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard and Reason Magazine in addition to dozens of regional and local newspapers.

She has testified before Congress and several state legislatures. The State Policy Network, a coalition of more than 50 think tanks across the United States, appointed her to represent it on the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Katz was awarded fellowships by the Jack R. Howard Science Institute for Journalists at the California Institute of Technology, the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship of the National Press Foundation and programs at the Kinship Conservation Institute and the Political Economy Research Center.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Thomas Jefferson College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan.

Katz currently resides in Detroit. Her daughter, Natalie, attends McGill University in Montreal.


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