Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama is an award-winning journalist who seeks sounds that tell the story of Louisville and its people. Devin was a Follet Fellow at Columbia College Chicago where he earned his master's of arts in journalism. He won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his story on Chicago's homeless and street youth. Devin has 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, where he also performed stand-up comedy. Later, he moved to the California Bay Area, where he was an EMT in Oakland. He plays the guitar and ukulele. You can find his radio work at audiocollected.org.

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JCPS Teachers Union Wants More Input Before School Board Considers Superintendent Contract

February 23, 2015

At its regular meeting Monday, the Jefferson County Board of Education will consider renewing Superintendent Donna Hargen’s contract for another four years, but the teachers union is asking that it be delayed until there is adequate time for stakeholder input. Read Story

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How a Kentucky School System Is Trying to Avoid Make-Up Days For Snow

February 22, 2015

This school year, the Owsley County School District in eastern Kentucky was allowed to use as many as 10 days for "non-traditional learning." Read Story

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What It Sounds Like In a Louisville Homeless Shelter On a Frigid Night

February 20, 2015

When the temperature dips below 35 degrees, some Louisville homeless shelters open their doors to anyone who needs a bed, regardless of space. As part of our on-going coverage of issues facing Louisville's homeless, we gave a recorder to a worker in a Louisville homeless shelter while temperatures were subzero. Read Story

Louisville’s Comfy Cow Expanding With Distribution Center In Jeffersontown

February 19, 2015

The Comfy Cow ice cream company will lease a 6,500 square-foot space in the Regency Point Business Center in Jeffersontown that will create up to 50 new jobs and invest $2 million. Read Story

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Should Jefferson County Public Schools Change To a 10-Point Grading Scale?

February 18, 2015

Jefferson County Public Schools is asking parents whether an A letter grade should be based on a 90-100 point scale instead of the 93-100 scale currently used. Read Story

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The Big Story For Louisville Is (Now) the Cold, Meteorologist Says

February 17, 2015

Now that the heaviest snow has fallen, meteorologists are turning their attention to record low temperatures the Louisville region is forecast to experience over the next couple of days. Read Story

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Kentucky Improves GED Pass Rate Under New Exam

February 15, 2015

The passing rate for Kentuckians taking the GED has improved since the national high school equivalency exam underwent changes in 2014, according to Kentucky Adult Education officials. Read Story

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Jefferson Community College President Tony Newberry Is Retiring

February 13, 2015

Dr. Tony Newberry is stepping down after 12 years on the job. Read Story

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Big Four Bridge Gets Lights Wednesday

February 11, 2015

One of Louisville’s waterfront attractions is getting an upgrade as officials expect a new light display on the Big Four pedestrian and bicycle bridge to be running by Wednesday evening. Nearly 1,500 LED lights have been installed and will display different … Read Story

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Kentucky Is Getting Its First Regional Career and Technical Academy For High Schoolers

February 10, 2015

The goal of the I-Lead Academy is for students to earn a work certificate or dual credit, and possibly an associate’s degree, while in high school. Read Story

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As Dropout Age Changes, the Kentucky Education Department Is Keeping an Eye on Homeschooling

February 9, 2015

The Kentucky Education Department will closely monitor data as the state's dropout age increases to 18 for most public schools next academic year. Read Story

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What School Resource Officers Do, and What Are the Best Practices

February 5, 2015

SROs are daily presences in several JCPS schools. But how do they get there and what are they expected to do? Read Story

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Should Kentucky Students Have a Say in Superintendent Selections?

February 4, 2015

A group of Kentucky students has convinced a lawmaker to file a bill that would add an elected peer to a school district’s superintendent hiring committee. Read Story