Kate Payne

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 kpayne@iowapublicradio.org.

Kate's favorite public radio program is Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!


A 60-year-old programming language is at the heart of delays for millions of people applying for unemployment. The language is called COBOL. Lots of state unemployment systems run on it. And now those states are hunting for veteran coders who know their way around it. NPR's Bobby Allyn reports.

BOBBY ALLYN, BYLINE: Situated in North Texas in what he calls up here in horse country, Bill Hinshaw's phone has been ringing nonstop.


BILL HINSHAW: Cobol Cowboys, this is Bill.

Iowa's Democratic Party plans to use a new Internet-connected smartphone app to help calculate and transmit results during the state's caucuses next month, Iowa Public Radio and NPR have confirmed.

Party leaders say they decided to opt for that strategy fully aware of three years' worth of warnings about Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election, in which cyberattacks played a central role.