Kate Payne is an Iowa City-based reporter for Iowa Public Radio. Before she came to the Hawkeye State she was a reporter and fill-in host for WFSU, the NPR member station in Tallahassee, Florida. Kate has won awards for her political and feature reporting and her sound editing.
Kate is a proud Florida native, an avid reader and loves experimenting in the kitchen.
You can send her story tips and road trip ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate's favorite public radio program is Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
A year ago, a powerful derecho in Iowa downed tens-of-thousands of trees in a matter of minutes. Residents are trying to reforest their communities in a more resilient and equitable way.
NPR looks at voting in Iowa on Election Day 2020, where final polls have showed President Trump and Joe Biden in a close heat. Absentee voting in the state has seen large numbers.
As the number of meatpacking workers with COVID-19 rises, Iowa plants struggle with remaining open amid political pressure. Food supply interruption versus worker safety is one of the tradeoffs.
Democrats are expecting record turnout for this year's Iowa caucuses. While it's a sign of how motivated party faithful are, it also presents a logistical challenge for caucus organizers.
Democratic presidential candidates are attending a major party celebration in Iowa, which was the setting that helped launch Barack Obama on his way to the White House 12 years ago.
A special election for state Senate in Iowa is drawing the attention of a number of presidential candidates, all eager to meet voters in the influential early-voting state.