Jana Katsuyama

Jana Katsuyama

Reporter

Jana Katsuyama joined KTVU in 2007 and became part of the Ten o’clock News team in 2012. During her time at KTVU, Jana has won multiple Emmy awards and her investigation into paper automobile dealer plate loopholes led to an Assembly bill that changed California’s license plate laws so new cars no longer can be on the road without a license plate.

As a journalist, Jana has covered wildfires in the North Bay and southern California, been tear-gassed while reporting on Occupy protests, flown with the Red Barons in an open cockpit plane over Lake Superior, anchored breaking news coverage during the first hours of the Boston Marathon bombing, and did live reports from Tokyo just days after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster connecting with Bay Area residents in Japan. 

Prior to working at KTVU, Jana was an anchor and reporter at the ABC affiliate WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio. She began her career at the NBC affiliate KBJR-TV in Duluth, Minnesota along Lake Superior. Before entering journalism, Jana worked as an international relations coordinator for the Hiroshima YMCA Medical College in Yonago, Japan. She also was selected to teach English in Japan through the Japanese Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Education’s JET Program.

Jana is originally from Dayton, Ohio and graduated with honors from Oberlin College with a double major in English Literature and East Asian Studies. 

Jana loves the natural beauty of the Bay Area and the rich, cultural diversity of the people. She also enjoys volunteering for community organizations, helping the Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Program, the Japanese American Citizens League, the National Japanese American Historic Society, the Nichibei Foundation, Self-Help for the Elderly and other groups. Jana has been a member of the Asian American Journalists Association since 1999. 

When not working, Jana enjoys bicycling, ballet, playing tennis, and the pursuit of a perfect cup of tea or coffee.

The latest from Jana Katsuyama

Five top mayoral candidates pursue SF Firefighters endorsement

The five top San Francisco mayoral candidates showed up at the Firefighters Local 798 union hall Thursday for a debate and question session with members, hoping to get support from the union, which says it has more than 1,500 members who will vote in August on which candidate to endorse.

Former Secret Service agent explains potential security lapses in Trump assassination attempt

 The Secret Service security planning, areas of responsibility and communication between Secret Service agents and local law enforcement officers are all under intense scrutiny, as investigators try to determine how a security lapse allowed Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania to climb onto the roof of a building outside the security perimeter of a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and fire shots at former President Donald Trump from about 147 yards away.

Laptop in checked luggage caused smoke, evacuation of plane at SFO

A laptop in a customer's checked bag is responsible for the smoke that led to an evacuation of an American Airlines plane at the San Francisco International Airport on Friday.  The evacuation happened as passengers were boarding the flight, according to video at the scene and the airport.

Subpoena sheds light on FBI investigation of Oakland mayor, Duongs

Oakland's city attorney faces a Thursday deadline to hand over documents to the FBI after the U.S. Attorney in Northern California issued criminal grand jury subpoenas to city officials in the widening probe of the city's politically connected recycling company owners and Mayor Sheng Thao.