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
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

More Kentucky Students File for Financial Aid—Most Won't Get It

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Officials with the state agency overseeing state financial aid say funds ran out earlier than ever before and most Kentucky students who are eligible for the aid programs will not receive funding this year.

There was a 20 percent increase in financial aid submissions this year during the application period between January and the end of March, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. But more than 80,000 students needing far more than $130 million will get nothing from the state this year.

This equates to around two-thirds of applicants.

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Education
12:49 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Central High School Revitalizes Closed Pool

Louisville’s Central High School principal Daniel Withers did something Thursday morning that hasn’t been done at the school for over a decade.

He went for a swim.

When the pool closed in 2000 it was serving well over 1,000 people a month, according to Metro Parks, which last managed the pool. The pool is only the second JCPS pool—the other one is located at Shawnee High School—serving the estimated thousands of middle and high school swimmers in the district.

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Local News
3:39 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Ford Cuts Maintenance Days To Produce More Vehicles At Louisville Truck Plant

For the second straight year,  Ford Motor Company will reduce the number of days it shuts down its Louisville Truck Plant this summer for maintenance.

Every year Ford and other North American car manufacturing companies shut down for a couple of weeks to repair, maintain or change their factory lines. Officials say increased sales and higher demand are pushing the American car production, which has been strong.

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Education
1:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

After Critical State Audit, Valley High School Principal Gary Hurt Demoted

Louisville’s Valley High School will replace Principal Gary Hurt next school year following a state audit that concluded he doesn’t have the ability to turn around the school.

Last month, a Kentucky Department of Education team was at Valley High conducting interviews and observing classes. 

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Education
8:35 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Changing School Culture and Giving Students Positive Support

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While Jefferson County Public Schools has improved its suspension record this year, the district of more than 100,000 students still struggles with the fact that a disproportionate number of minority students are suspended.

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Education
6:12 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Bullitt County Middle School Gets Results With Different Discipline Approach

Bullitt Lick Middle School principal Robert Fulk says he's been able to reduce suspensions by 70 percent so far this school year using PBIS.

Seventh grader Charlie Cross sometimes gets frustrated with learning.

“If I don’t know what to do, I’ll raise my hand and they’ll go to other kids and then my hand will get tired so I’ll put it down and I just lay my head down on the desk,” he says.

Cross has been sent to the principal’s office for things like this before. He's also been sent to the district’s alternative school.

He’s not alone.

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Local News
6:40 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Louisville's Council Court Sets Removal Trial Date For Barbara Shanklin

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The hearing date has been scheduled for the removal trial of embattled Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, but not without her attorney Aubrey Williams’ claiming the process by which Shanklin is being tried is illegal.

The Council Court met Monday for the first time as a court since late councilwoman Judy Green’s removal trial in 2011. 

Louisville’s Ethics Commission found Shanklin guilty of violating several provisions of the city’s ethics code earlier this year.

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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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