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. 

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1:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Louisville NAACP Awards Annual Scholarships to 12 Students


The Louisville branch of the NAACP on Tuesday night will award 12 Louisville students more than $17,000 in scholarships.

The group is holding its annual Scholarship Awards Program at the West Chestnut Street Baptist Church in west Louisville. This year, the NAACP partnered with McDonald's, which is providing $10,000 worth of scholarships.

Funding for the other scholarships comes from the Salome C. Worthington scholarship.

Raoul Cunningham says the local NAACP chapter has awarded over $650,000 dollars in scholarships since e became president in 2005.

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Local News
1:43 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Louisville City Soccer Team Names a President

Djorn Buchholz will be Louisville City FC's first team president.

Louisville’s new soccer team, Louisville City FC, has announced hiring its first president.

Djorn Buchholz has 13 years of soccer executive experience, including management and fan engagement positions. He’s worked with soccer clubs in Indiana, Minnesota and Texas, according to a release sent by the soccer clubs PR team.

His latest role is director of fan experience with the 2013 Major League Soccer champions, Sporting Kansas City.

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7:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Reminder: The Clark Memorial Bridge Closes for Weeks Starting Tuesday

The Clark Memorial Bridge
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Clark Memorial Bridge closes at midnight on Tuesday for construction of the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Project spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says the bridge that connects Jeffersonville and downtown Louisville will close for about six weeks.

Nearly 25,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Peterson says there will be no changes to the Clark Memorial itself but closing the bridge is necessary to work on the downtown crossing.

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7:05 am
Mon July 7, 2014

JCPS 'School of Innovation' Finalists Prepare for July Presentations

Credit Hanna-Barbera

Later this month, finalists present their proposals for an innovative community-designed Jefferson County Public school.

One of the designs is expected to become a new school in Louisville.

The submissions are part of the  JCPS School of Innovation Design Competition, and proposed plans range from using Louisville museums as a classroom to a year-around school.

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1:25 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

How Some Louisville Kids Get Nutritious Meals While School's Out

Kennae Richards, 8, left, with her sister Tiyonna Williams, 9, at the Neighborhood House, where they take part in academic enrichment courses.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

In a large sunlit cafeteria, 9-year-old Tiyonna Williams sits with about 30 other children. Soon they’ll head outside for a water balloon fight. But right now they’re eating a dinner of chicken fajitas, watermelon and salad.

“When my mom doesn’t have any money, I probably just eat snacks, all day long. Popsicles, chocolate, candy, chips,” Tiyonna says.

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10:31 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Louisville's NC3 Community Organization Is Ending In July

A Louisville community organizing group that rose to prominence through encouraging civic engagement and leadership will cease operations in July, citing a lack of adequate funding.

The Network Center for Community Change—known as NC3—often packed community centers during its monthly "Network Nite" with people interested in creating more equity throughout the city. The group has more than 5,000 members, its leaders say, and has been a key stakeholder in city engagement.

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6:58 am
Wed May 28, 2014

At Risk: WFPL's 3-Month Look Into the Lives of Louisville's Struggling Students

Bryan "Kenny-Man" Bishop and his sister Bryana at home.
Credit Angela Shoemaker for WFPL News

Kenneth Gray is from a poor family, raised by his grandmother alone. He grew up on 42nd Street in Shawnee, a part of town where opportunities are sparse. He’s African-American. By the statistics, the odds are stacked against him.

He is a “maybe kid.”

“Maybe you’ll go to class,” says Kenneth, 18. “Maybe you’ll graduate. Maybe you won’t drop out. Maybe you won’t go to prison.”

Or maybe he won’t.

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7:50 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Louisville's Transgender Students: What Happens When Schools Are Accepting

Kaleb Fischbach
Credit WFPL News

In the past week, we've heard from  some of Louisville's transgender students—about coming out, about "passing," and the importance of communication in schools.

Today, we hear from Kaleb Fischbach, a duPont Manual High School student, about what happens when a school is accepting of who he is. 

He says Manual students have been "awesome."

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6:53 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The (Slow) Progress to Understanding of Transgender Students in Louisville and Beyond

The Genderbread Person was created by author Sam Killerman. It helps explain what being transgender means.
Credit Sam Killermann

Over the years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender—LGBT—people have fought for equal rights in the courts, city halls, and state capitols.

But perhaps one of the most important places to have this conversation is in schools, where many students first realize who they are.

In Louisville, that conversation has been taking place around transgender student rights and it started at Atherton High School.

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7:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Louisville's Transgender Students: A Different Type of 'Passing' in School

Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

In our ongoing series this week we're speaking with Louisville students to better understand what it means to be transgender in school.  

Today, we're discussing the concept of "passing"—when a person who is considered part of one group is accepted as a member of another.

Today, we'll discuss what it means to "pass" as another gender. Like the proper use of pronouns—which we learned about from Louisville Collegiate student Henry Brousseau—passing as the gender they identify with is important for transgender students.

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