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
11:08 am
Fri August 30, 2013

JCPS School Board Member David Jones Jr. Talks Tax Increases, Says More Restructuring Needed

Jefferson County Board of Education member David Jones Jr. says although the board’s recently approved tax increase will bring in new revenue, real savings and supports will come from making the district more efficient.

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Local News
10:45 am
Fri August 30, 2013

U of L Offers To Extend 30 Day 'Demand Letter' If Norton Healthcare Negotiates Contract

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Officials with the University of Louisville say they're willing to extend the 30 day deadline for Norton Healthcare to respond to a list of demands the university is requesting following the announcement of a partnership between Norton and UK Healthcare.

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Education
8:25 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Oldham County School Board Approves Its Largest Tax Increase In Past Decade

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The Oldham County Board of Education approved the largest allowable tax increase Thursday night, which is also its largest tax increase in the past 10 years.

The board's 4-1 vote will allow the school district to balance its budget and follows $3 million in cuts made earlier this year. Superintendent Will Wells says raising taxes the maximum 4 percent allows Oldham County Schools to maintain the academic programs that are working.

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Education
12:20 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Oldham School Board Votes On Maximum Tax Hike Tonight

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The Oldham County School Board will vote Wednesday night on whether to approve its largest tax increase of the past 10 years. 

Superintendent Will Wells says the district has already made $3 million in cuts and part of balancing the district's budget will also require raising taxes, which he says will allow Oldham Schools to maintain the academic programs that are working.

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Local News
11:37 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Frankfort Becomes Fifth Kentucky City To Pass 'Fairness Ordinance'

Frankfort became the fifth Kentucky city to pass a "fairness ordinance."
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Kentucky’s capital city has become the fifth in the state to pass a fairness ordinance, protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on sexual orientation.

Thursday morning's vote by Frankfort’s Board of Commissioners was split 3-2, but some say there was never a question of whether it would pass.

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Local News
2:07 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Trade Barbs Over Kosair Children's Hospital Plan

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Updated: Norton Healthcare officials have responded to allegations that they're breaching a land-lease agreement by partnering with UK Healthcare.

Last week, Norton and UK officials announced the intent to jointly run Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville to improve pediatric care in the state. The University of Louisville is also a partner there and U of L officials say they've been trying to create a long-term agreement with Norton for the past several years.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Tolls Will Cost Commuters More Than Reported

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Tolls for the Ohio River Bridges Project will likely cost commuters more than reported after officials add the administrative fees for processing payments.

The Indiana and Kentucky Tolling Body is expected to approve tolls next week to help pay for the Bridges Project, which incudes a new East End and downtown bridge and the reworking on Spaghetti Junction.

When the bridges open, there will be no physical person collecting tolls.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says instead commuters can choose one of three ways to cross the bridges and pay.

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Local News
7:26 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

U of L Says Norton Healthcare Must End Agreement on Kosair Children's Hospital with UK

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The University of Louisville is giving Norton Healthcare 30 days to back out of an agreement with the University of Kentucky to jointly operate Kosair Children's Hospital.

Norton announced the partnership last week, saying it wanted to strengthen pediatric care in the commonwealth. This surprised U of L officials, who have also been trying to negotiate a similar contract with Norton.

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Education
11:31 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Says Next Legislative Session Is 'Make Or Break' For Kentucky Schools

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he supports tax reforms and expanded gaming to pay for public education in Kentucky.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the next legislative session a “make or break year” for education in the state.

“I think we’ve hit the wall for increasing student performance and without some reinvestment in public education I think kids are going to lose out,” he says.

As Kentucky slowly rebounds from the recession, Holliday says the state needs to make education a top priority when laying out the biennium budget that will set the funding for state agencies over the next two years.

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Education
10:59 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Cell Phones In JCPS Classrooms: 'A Step That We Have To Make'

Principals at eight Jefferson County high schools say they want to give their teachers the option to let students use cell phones in class and the school board expects to approve their requests in early September.

The Jefferson County Board of Education held a work session Monday to discuss how the schools will implement their policies. The district bans all cell phone use in schools, but principals are now allowed to request waivers after JCPS updated its code of conduct, which sets the behavioral expectations for the district.

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