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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Local News
4:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Dalai Lama Stresses Religious Acceptance and Learning on Monday to Louisville Audience

The Dalai Lama speaks to a crowd at the KFC Yum Center.

In his second Louisville appearance this week, the Dalai Lama emphasized the importance of religious tolerance and learning to an estimated crowd of 7,000.

The Tibetan spiritual leader's discussion Monday at the KFC Yum Center centered around the Buddhist faith and the path to happiness and enlightenment.

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Local News
5:47 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Dalai Lama in Louisville: 'We Must Make Every Effort To Create A Compassionate Century'

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The Dalai Lama says people should practice tolerance and forgiveness to have a more compassionate life, which was the theme of his speech Sunday to an estimated crowd of 14,000 at the KFC Yum Center.

The Dalai Lama is on a three-day visit to Louisville, where he’s already blessed the Drepung Gomang Institute, which is helping to host the events.

On Sunday, the Dalai Lama told the crowd that this is the century of compassion.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Charging Commitee Ready to Move On Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Removal Hearing

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The charging committee that petitioned to remove embattled Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin announced it's ready to move forward with a hearing following its executive session meeting Thursday.

Shanklin was found guilty of violating several provisions of the city’s ethics code this year by Louisville’s Ethics Commission, which recommended she be removed from the council.

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Education
5:16 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Kentucky Releases Preliminary Report on College Degrees, Showing Stagnant Results

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More than 61,000 students are estimated to receive a degree or credential from one of Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities in 2013—slightly fewer than the year before, according to Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education.

The CPE released its preliminary degrees report Thursday, you can find it here.

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Education
1:06 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Funding Cuts, Changing Needs Blamed for 41 JCPS Teacher Layoffs

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Jefferson County Public Schools will lay off 41 teachers next school year, half of whom teach special education. 

JCPS officials say state budget and federal sequester cuts are partly the reason for the layoffs, but they also say fewer students are using special education services. 

The state required school districts to submit their layoff lists on May 15.

JCPS' list included 20 Exceptional Child Education (special education) teachers, 11 English teachers, seven physical education teachers and one art teacher. 

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky Adult Education Offering Free GED Testing

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Over the next few weeks, the state is offering free GED testing to eligible Kentucky residents .

The GED Testing Service hasn’t updated the high school equivalency exam in nearly a decade. Beginning in January 2014, the new test will be more closely aligned with the common core standards many states have already adopted. The testing fee will also double to $120.

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Education
11:23 am
Wed May 15, 2013

In-State Tuition Agreement Means More Cash, Students for Indiana Colleges

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Following up with yesterday's story on the reciprocity agreement between Indiana and Kentucky, the Council on Postsecondary Education has provided estimated gross tuition comparisons for how the two states fare in the agreement.

A reciprocity agreement allows students living closer to an out-of-state institution a chance to attend that school for the in-state student cost. Colleges and universities can choose whether to participate in Kentucky.

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Education
5:08 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

After Christian Group Meeting, JCPS Principals Reminded to Remain 'Neutral' on Religion

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Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Donna Hargens sent a memo to all principals reminding them that district employees must remain neutral when discussing religion in school.

Last week, the group Louisville Area Christian Educators, or LACES, held an evening meeting at a district facility where a JCPS principal reportedly discussed ways religion could be introduced to students. Some have raised concerns with the group’s use of a public school facility to deliver their message.

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Education
4:30 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Kentuckians Use In-State Tuition Agreement More Than Hoosiers

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More Kentucky students attend Indiana colleges and universities where they can get in-state tuition than the other way around.

Kentucky and Indiana officials have announced that they're extending the agreement that allows students to pay in-state tuition at certain colleges and universities across the Ohio River. The extension was approved by the two states' higher education agencies as its expiration date approached this summer.

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Education
11:34 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

CLOUT Group Pushes JCPS to Change Disciplinary Policy for Students

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Several members of the Louisville faith-based group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, are continuing their push for changes to Jefferson County Public Schools' discipline policy.  

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