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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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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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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