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


At Risk: Once Persistently Truant, Louisville Student Begins Routinely Attending Classes

April 8, 2015

Ashley Taylor missed more than 50 days of class last school year.Ashley Taylor missed more than 50 days of class last school year. Read Story


At Risk: Classroom Misbehavior Subsides, But Struggles Remain For Young Louisville Student

April 7, 2015

At home recently, Bryan Bishop got a phone call from the mother of two of his children. She was seven days shy of being released from a substance abuse recovery program. Read Story


At Risk: Nearly a Year on Her Own, Shantasia Durr Still Seeks to Find Her Own Way

April 5, 2015

A year ago, WFPL dedicated several months to exploring the lives and circumstances of Louisville's at-risk students. The documentary aired in May 2014; you can listen to it below. Nearly a year later, we're revisiting the students in the documentary. Read Story

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday to Retire

April 1, 2015

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he will retire on Aug. 31 of this year. Read Story


Kentucky Students Protest Politics In a Bill They Helped Craft

March 23, 2015

A group of Kentucky students has planned to rally on the steps of the state capitol Monday to encourage lawmakers to pass a bill they helped craft that has become a victim of the political process.A group of Kentucky students has planned to rally on the steps of the state capitol Monday to encourage lawmakers to pass a bill they helped craft that has become a victim of the political process. Read Story


Louisville Ranks 11th Among Major U.S. Cities For LGBT Population, Gallup Poll Says

March 20, 2015

Louisville has the 11th highest rate of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to a Gallup survey released Friday. Read Story


What NCAA Fans Should Know About Parking In Downtown Louisville

March 19, 2015

Because melting snow and heavy rain have caused flooding around the Louisville waterfront, city officials are urging fans heading to the KFC Yum Center for NCAA Tournament games this week to arrive early. Read Story


Louisville-Based Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

March 18, 2015

The top Presbyterian legislative body endorsed the new wording last year, but amending the church's constitution required approval from the majority of regional bodies, called presbyteries. That majority was reached Tuesday with a favorable vote by New Jersey's Presbytery of the Palisades, according to the Associated Press. Read Story


Meet Kentucky’s Next Poet Laureate: George Ella Lyon

March 17, 2015

Kentucky’s new poet laureate will be freelance writer and teacher who is originally from Harlan County. George Ella Lyon will succeed Frank X Walker, who was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013. Lyon has written more than 40 books, … Read Story


Louisville Hosts Its Last Regional Braille Competition Before English Code Changes

March 16, 2015

On Monday, 37 Kentucky students will participate in one of several regional Braille competitions happening around the country; it's the last year students will use the current Braille code before the U.S. aligns its code with all other English speaking countries. Read Story

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5 Louisville Elementary Schools Challenge What Report Cards Look Like

March 16, 2015

Principals in five Jefferson County public elementary schools are experimenting with standards-based reporting--in addition to traditional report cards--to help answer this question and maybe change the way letter grades are granted. Read Story


Kentucky Community and Technical College System Freezes Tuition in 2015-2016

March 13, 2015

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System will keep its tuition the same for the next academic year. Read Story


Louisville Adult Education Teacher Wins National Recognition

March 10, 2015

Kitty Head remembers asking one of her adult education students years ago what his plans were for Thanksgiving. The man had been homeless and said he didn’t have any friends or family to spend time with during the holiday. Read Story


The Frustrations of Navigating a Snow-Covered Louisville in a Wheelchair

March 9, 2015

Warmer weather has moved into Louisville after bleak weeks of snow, ice and cold. That means paths clear of slick conditions for drivers and walkers alike. Read Story