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
9:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

WFPL's Brain Drain Series: 'There Are a Lot of Great Minds Here'

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Last year, the city announced Louisville had lost thousands of bachelor’s degree holders, reversing nearly a decade of steady gains that help prevent the phenomenon known as “brain drain.”

The largest declines came from young adults between 25 to 34 years old, according to 2011 data. As cities across the country continue competing for brilliant minds and to grow the number of young professionals, WFPL is asking the question: What does Louisville have to offer?

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Local News
2:47 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

U of L Expands Pediatric Services On Kosair Charities Germantown Campus

Dr. Erica Labar says the new medical facilities on Kosair's campus will serve up to 3,000 children annually.

The University of Louisville’s pediatric services department plans  to increase the number of children  it serves  by opening new medical offices at the Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre in Germantown. 

Kosair has agreed to support a $1.2 million charitable lease over the next five years with an option to renew the lease for two additional five-year terms.

The lease agreement means new medical and dental offices at Kosair will serve thousands of children each year.

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Education
12:44 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Kentucky Governor, Education Leaders Celebrate New Statewide Dropout Age of 18

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Just two weeks since Kentucky allowed school districts to voluntarily adopt the new compulsory dropout age of 18, enough districts have approved the policy to make it mandatory statewide in four years.

Gov. Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday announced today that 96 districts—or 55 percent—have adopted the new policy raising the dropout age from 16, which has been in place since 1934, according to state officials.

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Education
12:11 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Indiana Works Out New Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines for Schools

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The Indiana commission in charge of creating  a new set of guidelines for restraint and seclusion policies in schools will meet over the next few weeks to complete its  work.

The policies set the rules for how teachers are supposed to act when dealing with students who are misbehaving to the point where they need to use hands-on or seclusion techniques.

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Education
5:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Shawnee High School Principal Keith Look Submits Leave of Absence

The principal at one of Louisville’s lowest achieving schools is leaving the position for an education organization located in Washington D.C.

Keith Look submitted his leave of absence Monday from Shawnee High School.  It’s effective immediately.  

Look says being a principal is an isolated experience and he’s decided to leave, in part, to challenge his assumptions about education.

Look has been a JCPS principal for a decade. Before taking the helm at Shawnee High, he was at Meyzeek Middle School, which is one of the state’s higher performing schools.

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Education
1:52 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18

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In four years, Kentucky students won't be able to drop out of school until they're 18.

It appears that enough Kentucky school districts have, or plan to back increasing the compulsory dropout age from 16 to 18 to put the state over the threshold needed to make the change mandatory statewide.

More than 20 school districts that have not yet acted on the policy are scheduled to meet this week, and WFPL has confirmed several of those districts plan to adopt the policy.

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Education
10:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

JCPS Adopts New Dropout Age, Kentucky Nears Threshold To Mandate Policy Statewide

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The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a new policy Monday night increasing the age at which students can drop out of school from 16- to 18-years-old, joining dozens of school districts statewide that have passed similar policies over the last two weeks.

“When you say it’s okay for students to drop out of school at 16, they think it’s okay to drop out at 16,” says JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens. “So in order to really send the message that we expect you to stay in school until 18 and we’re there to support you, it needs to be in writing that it's 18.”

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Education
6:44 am
Mon July 8, 2013

JCPS Board To Approve New Dropout Age And New Code of Conduct

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Jefferson County Public Schools is expected to join the 88 Kentucky school districts that have voluntarily approved a new dropout age of 18, following approval by the school board at Monday night's meeting.

Many of those districts rushed to voluntarily approve the new dropout age, raising it from 16 to 18. This is partly because Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Education Department are giving $10,000 grants to the first 96 districts that approve the policy. 

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Local News
5:16 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Kentucky Introduces Winery App and 1st Annual Statewide Competition

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Louisville is hosting the state’s first annual commercial wine competition this month to rate and celebrate wineries around the state.

“We’ve gotten to a point in the industry where I think it’s really important to bring people in that aren’t all necessarily from Kentucky to really assess Kentucky wines and let us know about the quality,” says Tyler Madison, director of the grape and wine marketing program for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Schedules Hearing For 'Instant Racing' Case

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The group challenging Instant Racing in the state will have a chance to argue its case before the Kentucky Supreme Court next month and the court’s decision will open or close the door on the game, which brings in millions of dollars in gambling revenue each month.

The machines allow gamblers to bet on previously run horse races, which can’t be identified, but opponents such as the Family Foundation of Kentucky say the machines are the same as  slot-machines, which are not allowed in the commonwealth.  

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