Jana Katsuyama

There are moments when you reach a crossroad that changes your life. For me, it was when my path took a big turn shortly after college, and I decided to leave a career teaching in Japan to pursue a new career in journalism.

My path to KTVU included stops as an anchor and reporter at WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio and at KBJR-TV in Duluth, Minnesota. I found that each region had its unique challenges…such as covering purple state presidential politics in Ohio or reporting at 4 o’clock in the morning in -40 F degree temperatures on the shores of Lake Superior.

I joined the KTVU news team in 2007 when longtime anchor Dennis Richmond was at the desk of the Ten O’Clock News. It was inspiring to see his uncompromising work ethic and to join a newsroom of veteran Bay Area journalism with that same dedication.

At KTVU, I have reported from Southern California on wildfires, been teargassed covering an Occupy Oakland demonstration, and returned to Japan to cover the aftermath of the Touhoku earthquake and nuclear disaster.

I have met people from all walks of life who have moved me with their courage at times when they have reached a crossroad of their own.

I enjoy being back in the Bay Area, close to my relatives, my family roots, and the many things in the Bay Area that keep me inspired and interested when I’m not in the newsroom: classical music, dance, cycling, tennis, sharing cups of tea or coffee, and volunteering for community organizations or for my alma mater Oberlin College, where I studied English Literature and East Asian Studies.

It’s been gratifying to receive Emmys and awards from the Associated Press and other professional groups over the years, but the most meaningful moments on this path as a journalist have come from telling the personal stories of people who might not otherwise have a chance to be heard.

I have always loved reading, writing, and listening to people talk about issues close to their hearts.  As a journalist, I feel it’s important to have great integrity and I consider it a privilege to wake up every day and report on the range of inspiring people, issues, and history-making moments that we share as a community in Northern California.

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