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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6:30 am
Mon February 10, 2014

New Faces Join Opposition To Jefferson County School Discipline Practices


A community group opposed to Jefferson County Public Schools’ discipline policies has gained more supporters and plans to meet this week to unify its message to the district.

Officials with the faith-based group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, say suspensions and other discipline in JCPS disproportionately affect African American students.

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7:00 am
Sun February 9, 2014

What 3 New Kentucky Districts of Innovation Plan To Do With Schools

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Three new Kentucky school districts have received District of Innovation status—meaning they can get waivers for a handful of state education department regulations.

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved Owensboro Independent, Owsley County and Trigg County school districts, all of which were rejected in the first group.

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5:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Louisville's Simmons College Anticipates Higher Education Accreditation

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Louisville’s historic Simmons College of Kentucky is expected to soon be accredited for the first time by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. This comes in the middle of a renaissance for the historically African American school over the past several years.

Simmons’ history in Louisville is rich. It was founded in the 19th century by former slaves at Seventh and Kentucky streets. The school barely made it out of the Great Depression, and was hit hard again during the Civil Rights movement.

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3:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Jackie Green is Running for Louisville Mayor Again

Jackie Green owns Bike Couriers Bike Shops.
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Arguing that incumbent Greg Fischer has failed the city in critical ways, Jackie Green will  again running for Louisville Metro mayor.

Green, a 61-year-old transportation activist and small business owner, will enter the race as an independent.  Fischer, a Democrat, and Republican Robert Devore are the only candidates who filed for the May primary.

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9:44 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Science Guy Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham

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7:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Q&A: Ken Ham Isn't Out to 'Change Bill Nye's Heart' During Creation/Evolution Debate in Kentucky

Ken Ham
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The highly publicized debate scheduled for Tuesday in Northern Kentucky between Creation Museum president Ken Ham and  science educator/television personality Bill Nye has sparked critics from both sides.  

Some scientists argue that Nye should not engage the topic of creationism; others say Ham needs the the press to raise money for the development of a Bible-themed amusement park.

Ham took a few moments recently to discuss the creationism vs. evolution debate.

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4:49 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

JCPS Gets 48 'School of Innovation' Proposals At Deadline

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The deadline to submit proposals for designing the next Jefferson County public school has passed, and officials say 48 individuals or groups are moving on for review.

Initially, more than 80 groups expressed interest in the School of Innovation Design Competition—which set out to change the look of public education. 

The final 48 submissions will be more than enough to determine a set of strong semi-finalists, says Jonathan Lowe, who helps lead the project for JCPS.  

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Local News
7:08 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Louisville Runs Out of Extra Cash To Help Homeless Shelters During Cold Weather

Snow last month in downtown Louisville.
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It’s about  5 a.m. and about 15 degrees. Volunteers walk over snow, onto the railroad tracks near Dixie Highway to assist with Louisville’s annual homeless count. Volunteers shout toward a dark spot underneath an I-264 overpass.  

“Anybody up there?” asks Natalie Reteneller, development director at YMCA Safe Place services. 

In two hours the group—just one of many spread across the city—find five people who agree to answer several questions.

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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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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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