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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Education
11:22 am
Tue July 30, 2013

'Blitz Week' to Help Jefferson County Families Needing Help With School Uniform Costs

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens assists the 15th District PTA's clothing assistance program during 'Blitz Week.'
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Jefferson County Public Schools is encouraging families who need help with uniforms this year to attend the 15th District PTA’s ‘Blitz Week.’

The annual clothing assistance program has been around for about 40 years and continues to see strong growth, says Heather Wampler, 15th District PTA president. Families that schedule an appointment will receive a uniform, belt, underwear and socks; they will also have the chance to pick up other used clothing.

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Education
1:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kentucky Moves to E-Transcripts, JCPS First To Use Districtwide

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By the end of the year all high school students will have access to Kentucky’s new electronic transcript system and Jefferson County Public Schools will be the first to open the system district wide, officials announced Monday.

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd says e-transcripts will offer a consistent process for partnering colleges and universities.

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Education
6:50 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'I Don’t Want To Move Back Without Something Lined Up'

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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 third installment, we meet Deborah Gray, a Louisville native who has since moved to Houston.

Gray went to Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville and then attended Tulane University. She graduated at the top of her economics class and returned to Louisville for two years to work.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Trial Focuses On Record Keeping, Transactions

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Louisville Metro’s internal auditor says there were two questions he considered when reviewing the relationship between Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin and the ex-offender program she helped oversee: did her relatives benefit and was there double billing?

Ingram Quick was the second witness to testify for Shanklin’s removal trial since it began Monday. The Council Court--made up of 20 council members who act as jury--will decide whether she can stay on the Metro Council.

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Local News
6:51 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Residents Want Compromises On Tolling Ohio River Bridges

Nolan Starks owns a company that transports patients between Indiana and Kentucky several times a day.

Several residents say more needs to be done before the Ohio River Bridges Project finalizes its tolling plan  and many have expressed concern this week that low-income commuters will be disproportionately affected by crossing the bridges.

“People raise legitimate questions and make legitimate points and [those] will be taken into consideration,” said Kentucky Transportation Department spokesman Chuck Wolfe at the second public forum offered this week by the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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Local News
1:04 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Kentucky Creates 'Office of Entrepreneurship' To Streamline Resources

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Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development has merged resources to create the Office of Entrepreneurship that will help small businesses launch their products and ideas.

“We can identify any entrepreneur, the person who wants to start a restaurant or the person who wants to start a floral shop in a small community," says interim executive director Erik Dunnigan, who also serves as Kentucky's commissioner for the Department of Business Development.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

U of L, UK Developing New Joint Master of Business Administration Degree Program

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The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky are developing the state’s first joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) program that will be targeted to established professionals in the region.

“It’s an MBA degree, but it’s aimed at a very different clientele of people. Folks who have considerably more work experience, 12 to 15 years on average is what we expect," says Charlie Moyer, dean of U of L’s College of Business.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel to Meet for First Time

Retired judge Roger Crittenden is chairman of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel.

Kentucky’s child death and near death review panel will meet for the first time Monday since being mandated under new state law.

The panel had already begun work last year after being appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear through executive order. Chairman and retired judge Roger Crittenden says the  group’s duties will remain nearly identical and it’ll continue reviewing  55 cases from fiscal year 2011.

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Local News
5:42 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Some Louisville Council Democrats Show Concern Over Bridge Tolls, Ask Public To Voice Concerns

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Members of the Louisville Metro Democratic Caucus are asking the public to voice their opinions on how tolls for the Ohio River Bridges Project will affect minority and low-income residents. 

The public comment period is a federal requirement and project leaders say they’re considering ways to ease the tolling burden.

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Education
2:40 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Congressman Brett Guthrie Joins House Republicans In Passing 'No Child Left Behind' Replacement Bill

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie joined a majority of republicans Friday in passing the first law out of the House to replace the outdated No Child Left behind Act--also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

NCLB was signed into law by former-President George Bush in 2002. At the time it had bi-partisan support, but educators have since agreed its expectations are unreasonable--namely the provision that requires a 100 percent proficiency rate for all students in math and reading by 2014.

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