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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Food and Dining
10:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Kentucky Grilled (And Fried) Chicken: Yum Brands Opens First KFC 'Concept Restaurant'

The inside of KFC's new concept restaurant has a new look and feel customers might not recognize.
Credit Courtesy of Yum! Brands

Louisville-based Yum! Brands will open its first ever concept store Monday for KFC on Bardstown Road in the Highlands neighborhood.

 “This is just a chance for us really to step out, take a holistic look at the brand and see what we can learn,” says Yum’s concept director Anne Fuller.

The store will experiment with recipes and service models similar to the “fast-casual” restaurant style that’s becoming more popular, she says. 

Think of your Qdobas and Paneras. The ingredients are fresher and the feel of the restaurant is different than typical fast food. 

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Education
9:03 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Education Chairman Doesn't Expect Major Changes To Kentucky Science Standards

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky, and are part of Kentucky’s 2009 education reforms. They will update what students will be expected to learn in science.

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Local News
3:58 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kentucky, Other States Asked To Consider Bracing Food Stamp Recipients For Cuts

Around 850,000 Kentuckians receive food stamps and many are likely to see a reduction in their allowance after a four-year-old federal funding boost expires in November.

If the cuts go into effect, a family of three will get about $29 less per month, says Ashley Spaulding, a research associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. 

“These food assistance programs are already modest and with the cuts they will average less than $1.40 per person, per meal in 2014," she says.

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Local News
1:12 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Barbara Shanklin to Louisville Metro Council: Let Me Regain Your Trust

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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, has released a statement after a days-long trial that ended with a Council ruling that she'd committed misconduct while performing her public duties.

Thirteen Metro Council members voted to remove Shanklin from office—one shy of the necessary number.

The findings stems from signed checks to a neighborhood organization she was involved with.

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Education
3:38 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

U of L Partners With Westport Middle School For Teacher Training Program

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A program that teams higher education with primary schools is coming this fall to another public school in Jefferson County. 

Several University of Louisville student teachers will be at Westport Middle School working side-by-side with veteran educators.

“We have a designated classroom at those schools, and it’s actually called the University of Louisville classroom, so that our students here in the program will actually take classes on site," says U of L’s program director Harrie Buecker.

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Education
6:31 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'You’re Still Somewhat Limited'

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WFPL has been exploring the idea of "Brain Drain" and Louisville's ability to keep talented young professionals in the city. What challenges does the city face? What do young workers think about staying in the River City?

In this fourth installment, we meet Evan Shepherd, a University of Louisville McConnell Scholar from Madisonville, Ky. who says he’s decided to leave Louisville after graduating next May.

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Local News
3:27 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Barbara Shanklin to Stay on Louisville Metro Council, Opposition Calls Decision ‘Embarrassing'

Council members that supported Shanklin's removal address the media following deliberations.

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, will keep her job despite a majority of her peers saying that she showed misconduct while performing her public duties. Those council members who supported her removal now say the integrity of the local government has been compromised.

Shanklin’s removal trial challenged whether she showed misconduct or willful neglect by her involvement in an ex-offender program she helped set up and by directing public funds to a neighborhood group she was involved with. 

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Local News
12:31 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Indiana Court Allows Planned Parenthood To Continue Serving Medicaid Patients

Indiana’s Planned Parenthood may continue serving Medicaid patients seeking preventative care and receiving reimbursements for those patients  following a court decision this week.

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU challenged an Indiana law signed by then Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2011 that defunded the organization--and similar organizations--because it offered abortions.

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Education
4:59 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Oldham County School District Reduces Bus Routes, Changes Start And Dismissal Times

Oldham County Schools has cut bus routes and rearranged school times this year in an effort to save $500,000, which officials say will keep some 10 teachers in classrooms.

The school day won’t be longer, but elementary schools will start and end 5 minutes earlier and middle and high schools will start and get out 15 minutes later, which should allow fewer buses to pick up additional students.

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Education
12:26 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Centre College Receives $250 Million Gift For Scholars Program

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Kentucky’s Centre College has received its largest endowment ever and one of the largest gifts to a liberal arts college in the nation. 

The $250 million donation from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust--whose son attended Centre College--will allow the school to set up the Brockman Scholars Program in fall 2014.

Students majoring in natural and computer sciences, math and economics will have the chance to compete for competitive full-ride scholarships, says Richard Trollinger, vice president of college relations. 

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