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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2:28 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Aubrey Williams, David Tachau Talk Future of Metro Government Ethics at Louisville Forum

Attorney Aubrey Williams addresses Louisville's Ethics Commission.

Today, WFPL's Phillip Bailey moderated a discussion hosted by the Louisville Forum on "What is Next For Metro Ethics and Neighborhood Funds."

The discussion follows allegations over the past two years that two council members misused taxpayer money and violated the cities ethics code.

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Education
12:44 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

There Is No 'Ban' On Handshakes After Kentucky High School Games, Official Says

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The commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association tells WFPL that there is no ban on students wishing to handshakes with the opposing team after middle and high school athletics.

Media reports surfaced yesterday, following directives from Commissioner Julian Tackett saying if students want to shake hands it must be supervised by school staff or coaches.

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Education
10:36 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky Students Taking More 'Advanced Placement' Tests, Seeing Higher Scores

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Kentucky students are taking more advanced placement tests and scoring higher on those exams, according to data released this week.

This trend has continued since 2008 when the state began its Advanced Kentucky initiative that helps local school districts grow participation.

Advanced Kentucky trains teachers and helps students prevent the need for remediation courses once they reach college.

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Education
5:56 am
Wed October 9, 2013

JCPS Official Sees Positives In More Reports Of Student Bullying

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Jefferson County public school officials say the district’s efforts to combat bullying are resulting in more incident reports—but also more targeted approaches in schools.

In 2011, JCPS and many school districts stepped up their campaigns to address bullying. The school district revised its student behavior code to include a clear definition of what bullying is, aligning it with similar definitions used in other urban school districts, said Jackie Wisman, director of the JCPS Safe and Drug Free School Office.

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Local News
4:21 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Louisville's Homeless Event Providing Free Social, Medical Services Wednesday

Louisville’s homeless population can receive free medical and social services Wednesday during the city’s 13th annual Project Homeless Connect and Stand Down event.

The event is a collaborative effort of community service organizations that serves as a one-stop shop for hundreds of area homeless residents each year, says Joe Hamilton with Louisville Metro’s Community Services. 

“The event is mostly single chronic homeless individuals and not so much families. But in Louisville overall we are seeing more homeless families," he says.

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Education
3:07 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Kentucky Colleges Should Improve Recruitment, Training for Would-Be Teachers, Education Leaders Say

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Kentucky colleges and universities need to do a better job recruiting and training good teachers, said Bob King, president of the state's Council on Postsecondary Education.

King told the Kentucky Board of Education on Tuesday that there's an issue with many college students studying to become elementary school teachers in the state. The Council on Postsecondary Education is a state agency that coordinates and monitors Kentucky's state universities and colleges.

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Education
5:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Indiana Governor Defends Halting 'Common Core,' Kentucky Governor Talks Charter Schools

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The Common Core standards and charter schools were discussed Monday when Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a panel in New York City on public education at the state level.

The panel is part of NBC's 2013 Education Nation Summit

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Education
3:20 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Bellarmine Searching For 'Big Data' Institute Director

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Bellarmine University officials say they’re making progress with creating the school’s new Institute for Advanced Analytics that will begin next fall and the school has begun searching for a new executive director to lead the initiative.

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Education
11:56 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Kentucky, Indiana Governors Appearing On Education Panel Today

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are appearing on an education panel in New York City this afternoon to discuss public education at the state level.

The panel is part of NBC's 2013 Education Nation  Summit. 

NBC news anchor Andrea Mitchell will moderate the panel, which will also include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. 

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Education
11:05 am
Mon October 7, 2013

JCPS Students Out of Class, Educators Look Over Data And Develop Improvement Plans

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Jefferson County public school students are off today and tomorrow to give teachers time for professional development and schools a chance to work on their game plans for this year.

The state recently released its annual accountability data, and some schools will be using this time to review where they need help and to develop their Comprehensive School Improvement Plans.

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