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. 

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

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Education
5:43 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kentucky Selected For Two-Year Pilot To Improve Teacher Preparation Programs

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Kentucky is among seven states that will participate in a two-year pilot program to improve teacher training programs and help the state’s higher education system better align with reforms at the K-12 level.

It’s not just a conversation happening in Kentucky.

Nationwide, educators, policy experts and lawmakers are emphasizing the need to better prepare teachers at the college and university level.

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Local News
1:02 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Louisville Takes Step To Becoming Leader in Life-Long Wellness and Aging Care

Artist's rendition of the full four-building corridor.

The University of Louisville has opened its new eight-story downtown building—called The Nucleus—that’s part of a larger planned corridor meant to support research and innovation in life sciences and aging care.

“This was a site for businesses and farmers and immigrants that were coming into our country. For the first entrepreneurs and innovators that really existed in our community,” says U of L President James Ramsey.

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Education
2:22 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

George Unseld Pre-Kindergarten Center Spotlighted Ahead Of Kentucky’s School-Ready Results

Students sit in an open lunch room at the new George Unseld Early Childhood Learning Center.

As Kentucky prepares to release the first state-wide results of its kindergarten readiness screenings, education leaders are also emphasizing the need to grow quality early childhood programs.

But funding remains the keyword that many city and state leaders echoed Tuesday, as a means to continue providing and growing early childhood programs.

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Education
8:26 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Leads Charge in Next Generation Science Standards, Despite Challenges

Kentucky is among several states preparing to introduce new science standards in public schools and, like many of the others, the state has seen opposition to the standards from a vocal minority.

But the debate has been a bit more heated here and some have even called the state's adoption of the standards the most contentious in the country.

“Everybody is watching what everybody else is doing,” says Josh Rosenau, policy director at the National Center for Science Education.

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Education
3:35 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Resettling Agencies Say Extra Funds Improve Partnership with JCPS

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The number of refugee students in Jefferson County continues to rise at a quick pace and the agencies responsible for their resettlement say extra funding being appropriated to them has improved their relationship with the school district.

Previously, federal Refugee School Impact Grant funding was only awarded to Jefferson County Public Schools in the region.

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Local News
1:36 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Pre-Registration For Louisville's Home Energy Subsidy Program Resumes This Week

Louisville Metro will re-open pre-registration for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, this Wednesday after closing the program last week during the federal government shutdown.

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Local News
12:29 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Kentucky Food Prices Reach All-Time High, Officials Say No Cause For Alarm

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Kentucky food prices are at an all time high, according to the State Farm Bureau’s quarterly marketplace report. But this isn't a cause for concern, says bureau spokesman Dan Smaldone.

“This is one moment. This is one quarter. We’ll see what happens the next quarter. Really, this is most likely just catching up to where the rest of the nation has been for a few more months ahead of us.”

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Local News
10:34 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Pre-Registration For Louisville's Home Energy Subsidy Program Still Canceled Through October

Louisville officials say the pre-registration period for elderly and disabled people looking to participate in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will stay canceled through October.

As reported by WFPL yesterday, officials said the federal government shutdown had created a lapse in payments to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which provides local governments with LIHEAP funds.

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Local News
10:16 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Morehead Working Out Details of 'Fairness Ordinance'

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Morehead could soon become the sixth Kentucky city to adopt a “fairness ordinance,” which protects people from discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity.

Mayor David Perkins says the Morehead City Council will likely hear the first reading of a proposed fairness ordinance next month.

The city’s attorney has been working with the Kentucky Human Rights Commission to finalize details of the law, he says.

But Perkins says he doesn’t expect too many challenges in crafting the ordinance.

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Local News
2:59 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road'

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear offered sharp criticism of Congress, chiding the nation’s lawmakers for being out of touch with their constituents and for causing needless pain across the state through the ongoing federal shutdown.

Striking a populist tone, Beshear characterized national congressional leadership as acting “like a bunch of spoiled brats in a food fight,” and that they ought not to be paid while the government continues to be shut down for a 16th day.

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