Devin Katayama

Midday Host/Education Reporter

Devin Katayama is an award-winning journalist who hosts the midday for WFPL Louisville Public Media. He's also the station's education reporter.

Devin earned his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago where he was a Follet Fellow. While in Chicago, he won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his stories on street youth. 

Devin previously worked with WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s Worldview program and with Northern California KQED’s The California Report. He earned his B.A. in English Creative Writing at CUNY Hunter College in New York City. 

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11:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Fern Creek High School Recreating 'War of the Worlds' Radio Program—In Theater and On Air

Alexander Jenkins and Shelby Fogarty, playing Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, bring 'War of the Worlds' to life with police officer Michael Moreno.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

It’s been nearly 76 years since Orson Welles tested the airwaves with his "War of the Worlds" radio program. The one-hour show famously sent some into hysteria after some listeners believed the broadcast theatrics meant an actual Martian landing on Earth.

This week, Louisville gets to relive the historic show.

Fern Creek High School on Thursday night will recreate "War of the Worlds," combining the school’s theater department with the city's only licensed student-run radio station on campus.

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10:06 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Why Jefferson County School Board Elections Get Fewer Votes

Credit Jefferson County Clerk's Office

Test scores, taxes, layoffs, or scandals—these are some of the hot issues that can draw attention to school board races on the ballot.

“A lot of people have no idea of the raw emotion that can result from some decisions that board members make,” said Brad Hughes, a spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association, which has tracked school board races for years.

“Many people will let that go, but many people carry that into the ballot box.”

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5:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

JCPS Teacher Sarah Reed Wins '2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year'

Sarah Reed is the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.
Credit Kentucky Department of Education

A third-grade teacher at Louisville's Field Elementary School is the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award.

The Kentucky Department of Education announced Thursday in Frankfort that Sarah M. Reed had won the honor from a pool of three finalists.

Reed received $10,000, among other perks. She will also represent the state in the 2015 National Teacher of the Year competition, according to a news release.

In August, 24 teachers were selected as 2015 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award winners. That was narrowed to nine top scorers and then whittled down to three.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Help Name the Louisville Zoo's Newest Hippo

A 7-week-old pygmy hippo at the Louisville Zoo will soon have a name.

More than 2,500 names were submitted in a contest. The zoo's hippo keepers chose three of those names. And the public will vote for the final choice.

The names are Ace, Jahari and Kimani.

Zoo visitors can vote through Sunday for their favorite name by making a contribution in the voting kiosk on the zoo's Front Plaza.

The name that receives the most votes will be given to the hippo and will be announced next week.

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6:38 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Kentucky's Middle School Teachers Need More Math Training, Education Commissioner Says

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says middle school teachers need more training in math.
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

Math is the gatekeeper for students' school success, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday recently told WFPL.

“If a student does not do well in Algebra 1 in high school, or does not pass eighth grade math, those students will not be successful in reaching college and career ready status,” he said.

The No. 1 predictor of successfully reaching college and career readiness—an element of state accountability—is eighth grade math scores, Holliday said. Reading is important, but math is the foundation.

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7:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Kentucky Wants Child Care Centers Rated For Quality

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Kentucky child care programs that accept Child Care Assistance Program subsidies must begin participating in a rating system by mid-August 2015, according to the state agency that provides oversight for the programs.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services said in a release that this should help improve quality child care across the state.

But some say they've jumped the gun.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Kentucky's Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Announced in Bowling Green

The late Gatewood Galbraith is one of 34 nominees for the 2014 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Credit File photo

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights will announce the latest inductees into the state’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The group will unveil which of the 35 nominees will receive the honor at a ceremony in Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University.

Those nominated for the Hall of Fame have made contributions to a wide variety of causes throughout the commonwealth, said John Johnson, executive director of the state’s Human Rights Commission. 

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6:06 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Some Kentucky School Districts Can Now Use Online Courses as an Alternative on Snow Days

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Remember last winter, when schools around Kentucky closed because of the unusually harsh weather?

The Kentucky Department of Education has now approved waivers for 13 school districts to teach through virtual or other means when school is canceled because of emergencies, like large snowfall.

Last winter, Kentucky schools had a lot of snow days.

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6:06 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Why a JCPS Parent Didn't Let Her Son Take Kentucky's Standardized Tests

Credit Thomas Galvez/Creative Commons

The assistant principal urged Sarah Stalker to let her son, Bran, take Kentucky’s standardized test.

After careful consideration, Stalker and her husband decided to keep their son from taking the test this past spring at St. Matthews Elementary School.

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8:03 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Louisville Hosts Annual College and Career Expo Sunday

The Thinker statue on the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
Credit File photo

The region’s largest college and career recruiting event is this Sunday in Louisville.  

The 22nd annual College and Career Expo will include representatives from more than 250 colleges and employers from across the country, including local employers like UPS and Jefferson County Public Schools.

Attendees can meet one-on-one with recruiters, counselors and admission representatives. There will also be opportunities to learn more about scholarships that are available.

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