Devin Katayama

Education/General Assignment Reporter

Devin Katayama is the education reporter for WFPL Louisville Public Media. He earned his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago where he won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his work on street youth in Chicago. 

Devin previously worked with WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s Worldview program and with Northern California KQED’s The California Report. He credits his volunteer work with KBOO community radio in Portland, Ore. and for Vocalo.org for helping him achieve in public radio.

For more of his work, check out audiocollected.org.

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Local News
5:07 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Kentucky's Creation Museum Hosts Debate With TV's Bill Nye ('The Science Guy')

Here's a scene from inside the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky,
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Evolution is being pitted against creationism in a debate Tuesday night between TV personality and Bill Nye and Kentucky Creation Museum president Ken Ham.

The debate has garnered national attention and some scientists have even criticized Nye for taking part in the conversation. 

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Education
2:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Half of Kentucky's Kindergartners Entered Ready for School; JCPS Results Slightly Better

Farmer Elementary teacher Gina Kimery helps students learn to add.

Half of Kentucky's kindergartners were ready in the fall to enter the public education system, and Jefferson County's youngest students were slightly more prepared, according to state data released Thursday afternoon.  

This school year all kindergarten students in the state were tested for readiness. Each child was tested as they entered school in five developmental areas, including social, emotional and academic skills.

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Education
7:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Why Measuring What Kentucky's Kindergartners Know is Useful

This afternoon, we find out how prepared Kentucky's kindergarten students were entering the 2013-2014 school year last fall.

The Kentucky Education Department releases its first ever statewide results of its kindergarten screener.

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Education
3:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Where Would Increased K-12 Education Funding Leave Kentucky's State Universities?

U of L student body president Carrie Mattingly says she's planning multiple trips to the state capitol this year to advocate for more higher education funds.

As the University of Louisville's student government president, Carrie Mattingly's job is to be the voice of her peers—and she said tuition increases hurt student wallets. But so do other costs associated with college.

“Housing has gotten to be a really sizable cost," she said. "If you don’t plan for it it’s really difficult to cover that with a part time job."

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Education
2:44 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Beshear's Budget Supports 'Commonwealth College' to Help Working Adults Finish Degrees

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Working adults in Kentucky could soon have another option for completing their college degrees.

That option is called the Commonwealth College, which would be an online program that would allow students to complete work at their own pace. 

Although Gov.  Steve Beshear’s latest budget proposal cut higher education by 2.5 percent, or $23 million, there were some bright spots for public colleges and universities.

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Education
11:25 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

JCPS Suspends 10% Fewer Students, but More Information is Needed to Know What's Working

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Suspensions are down this year in Jefferson County Public Schools, but officials warn the district needs more proof before saying what works.

African American students make up the bulk of those suspensions (about two-thirds). But data presented to the school board Monday night suggests the group saw a decrease of around 10 percent in the first four months of this school year, which is on par with white students.

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Education
9:01 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky to Release Results of Kindergarten Readiness Screenings This Week

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The Kentucky Department of Education plans to release the results of its kindergarten readiness screeners this week, officials say.

The screeners test whether children entering kindergarten have the social, emotional and motor skills needed to be successful in school. They're becoming increasingly popular with states that give priority to early intervention in schools.

Last year, 109 Kentucky school districts and more than 30,000 students were screened using the Brigance screeners.

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Education
7:45 am
Sun January 26, 2014

7,000 Sign Up for University of Kentucky's First Massive Online Course

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It's too early to call the recent, widespread turn toward Massive Open Online Courses a success, but at schools like UK, online learning is growing.

Now, more than 7,000 students have signed up to begin taking chemistry though a new online pilot program at the University of Kentucky. The course is unique among MOOC programs because it's meant to prepare high school students for college level work, but anyone can sign up to take the class for free.

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Local News
5:38 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Talks on Kosair Children's Hospital Breakdown

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Remember the dispute between the University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare over the operation of Kosair Children's Hospital? 

It appears the matter is going court.

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Education
2:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Louisville Area College's Live Shooter Emegency Plans Rely on Awareness, Action and Social Media

In this screen shot from the Kentucky State Police video, officers run an active shooter drill.
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In December, Indiana University Southeast locked down its New Albany campus, sending out this Tweet: “IU Southeast Emergency! An armed person has been seen on campus. Go into nearest room and lock door. Follow instructions from authorities.”

In turns out, a student brought a prop BB gun onto campus for class, interim chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer says.

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