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.
A candlelight vigil in Sacramento Monday for Tyre Nichols drew a crowd to the skate park where the 29-year-old skateboarder enjoyed spending time while living in the area.
Protestors marched downtown in San Francisco, shouting their support for the family of Tyre Nichols and their horror at the video footage released Friday showing Nichols being beaten by Memphis police during a traffic stop on Jan. 7.. Nichols died in a hospital three days later.
A bell echoed through San Francisco's Chinatown, sounding once for each of the souls lost in the mass shootings at Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park.
Two brothers were among the victims who were gunned down in Monday's mass shooting in Half Moon Bay.
Seven people were killed in a pair of shootings in Half Moon Bay on Monday – a normally quiet coastal city known for farming, tidepools and an annual pumpkin festival, authorities said.
Residents in the close-knit community of Half Moon Bay were shocked Monday by a mass shooting that left seven people dead and one person taken to Stanford Hospital with gunshot injuries.
Dozens of people shut down several blocks of Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District Friday, stopping traffic around 5 p.m. and calling for city officials to make the streets safer after the second fatal pedestrian death in just three weeks.
The Lunar New Year begins on Sunday and San Francisco is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a new tradition that was started during the pandemic.
The string of tech industry layoffs continued Wednesday as Microsoft announced plans to cut 5% of its workforce, laying off about 10,000 workers.
The giant eucalyptus tree that crashed onto a Castro Valley family's home is scheduled to be removed Wednesday morning along with another nearby tree.