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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Sports
8:26 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Confessions Of A Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher

Stephen Johnstone and his niece, Sarah, crashed the Kentucky Derby celebration together in 2008.
Courtesy of Stephen Johnstone

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 1:21 pm

On Saturday night, 150,000 people will pack Louisville's Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. But only a few will celebrate the victory from the winner's circle.

Stephen Johnstone has experienced that celebration many times. He's been in the winner's circle with the winning families, jockeys and governors — but not once was he invited.

Johnstone is a retired gate-crasher. The first time he crashed the Kentucky Derby was in 1963. Johnstone and several college friends slipped underneath a fence at Churchill Downs.

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Education
3:11 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

ACT Testing Resumes Next Week for Several Kentucky Schools

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Kentucky Department of Education officials say problems with the company contracted to administer one of the state’s standardized tests online have been fixed and testing will resume on Monday.

This week several states experienced problems with three separate companies contracted to administer standardized tests.

All issues were related to online testing.

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Education
11:59 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

States like Indiana and Kentucky are moving standardized testing online.
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Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Louisville Metro Council Court to Discuss Shanklin's Removal Trial Schedule This Month

Barbara Shanklin
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The Louisville Metro Council Court will convene this month to schedule embattled councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s removal trial.

The city Ethics Commission recently found Shanklin guilty of violating several provisions of the city’s ethics code, including signing checks that went to a neighborhood organization she oversaw, and not fully disclosing her role in that organization.

The commission recommended the council remove her from office.

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Local News
11:38 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Jason Osborne's Arrest at Fourth Street Live Sparks Black Leaders' Concerns About Discrimination

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Several African-American lawmakers are concerned about a potential "pattern of discrimination" at Fourth Street Live after a former Louisville Cardinals basketball star was arrested at the entertainment district.

Jason Osborne, 38, was arrested Sunday night on Muhammad Ali Boulevard at Fourth Street Live after an altercation at Sully's with security, an arrest report says. Another person, Jacquelynn N. Russell, 32, arrested at the entertainment district. Charges for both include  criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.

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Education
3:51 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Early Childhood Education in Louisville

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Jefferson County has nearly 700 childcare programs in operation, but officials say program quality varies widely. 

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Education
1:40 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Today: WFPL News Special on Early Childhood Education in Jefferson County

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Jefferson County has nearly 700 childcare programs in operation, but officials say program quality varies widely. 

Also, state and federal funding cuts have recently left more Kentucky families without crucial subsidies to send their children to childcare.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

What Would JCPS' District of Innovation Look Like

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
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Jefferson County Public Schools officials have laid out any early blueprint for what its application for the Kentucky Department of Education's "District of Innovation" designation may look like. So far, the ideas being tossed around include an online classroom available 24 hours a day, Saturday courses and more teacher collaboration.

Under a law passed last year, Kentucky school districts can seek waiver from certain Kentucky Department of Education regulations in order to improve student achievement.

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Education
6:34 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen Speaks to WFPL About JCPS Audit

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen on Wednesday accepted the Jefferson County Public Schools’ request to audit the school district.

Edelen was joined by JCPS board members, Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer in announcing details of the audit which was approved by the board this week, following a recommendation from the superintendent.

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Education
11:16 am
Wed April 24, 2013

State Auditor Accepts Request to Review Jefferson County Public Schools

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen accepted the Jefferson County Public Schools’ request to audit the school district today Wednesday.

Edelen was joined by JCPS board members, Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer in announcing details of the audit which was approved by the board this week, following a recommendation from the superintendent.

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