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
3:44 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Kentucky's Emergency Care Receives 'D' Grade

Overall scores color coded on a map.

Emergency care physicians are working with Kentucky legislators on a bill to provide standard experts to testify in malpractice suits, according to Ryan Stanton, president of Kentucky's chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The national ACEP released its state-by-state rankings of emergency care and the  commonwealth received a D grade, earning its lowest marks for medical liability and patient safety categories. 

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Politics
12:09 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Former JCPS Board Members Imhoff and Hujo Jump Into Louisville Metro Council Race

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Candidates in Kentucky have a week left to file to run for office, and two former school board members have jumped in the race for the Louisville Metro Council .

Former JCPS school board chair Steve Imhoff is so far up against eight other Democrats in the primaries for retiring Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh’s seat in District 9, which includes parts  St. Matthews and Crescent Hill.

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Education
3:51 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

ACT Testing Company Investigating Louisville Male High School

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education confirm that the ACT testing company is investigating Jefferson County Public School's Male High School. 

The investigation is being led by ACT Compass, according to KDE spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez. The Compass is not to be confused with the ACT college entrance exam that high school juniors take each year, though the exam can be used to measure college and career readiness or for local district assessments, says Rodriguez.

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Local News
11:38 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Ken Fleming to Retire From Metro Council, but Says He's 'Not Stepping Away From Politics'

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Updated: In an interview Tuesday with WFPL, Ken Fleming, a Republican, said he doesn't plan to support any candidates at the moment for his seat. 

He added that he's likely not through with politics.

“I’m not stepping away from politics," he said. "I’m definitely keeping my options open for the future and have some things in mind I might want to do down the road. Right now, I just want to focus on the Kilgore and my family.”

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

JCPS Competition to Design a School Getting Greater Than Expected Participation

School of the future according to the hit TV show The Jetsons.
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Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools anticipate they’ll get more proposals than expected for a competition to design a school.

It’s a good mix of applicants, says Jonathan Lowe, who heads the district’s School of Innovation Design Competition.  The winner will receive help from JCPS to see their dream school become a reality.

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Education
6:04 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Greater Clark Schools Officials Hope New Employee Medical Clinic Will Save Money

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Greater Clark County Schools teachers and staff can now visit a new medical clinic for their basic healthcare needs.

Officials say they hope the new clinic will save the district as much as $1 million in healthcare costs this year, while also having the potential to lower insurance premium costs for employees in the future.

The idea was Tom Dykiel's, chief financial officer for GCCS. He says began exploring the concept of a school district medical clinic while at his former district in northwest Indiana.

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Environment
5:03 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

No MCHM Chemical Detected In Ohio River, Officials Say

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Louisville tap water is safe to drink and there is no methylcyclohexane methanol—or MCHM—detected in the Ohio as of Saturday, according to officials with the Louisville Water Company.

A chemical plume made its way down the Ohio River after a spill in West Virginia last week that contaminated the water for nine counties there.

 

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Education
4:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Kentucky's Higher Education Leadership Wants Money, Official 'Less Confident' It Will Be Received

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Kentucky state university presidents have signed a letter requesting more money for higher education, but one leading official is "less confident" it will receive attention this budget session.

The letter, sent to state legislators, was signed by all eight state university presidents and the community and technical college system president.

(Read the letter here)

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Education
1:04 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

U of L Men's Basketball Team Earns Highest GPA Ever

The University of Louisville men's basketball team has another reason to celebrate: a combined 3.47 GPA.

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has posted its best combined grade point average of all time.

All but one player earned above a 3.0, making the combined team fall GPA a 3.47.

That’s the highest yet, officials say.

Associate athletic director Marvin Mitchell attributes success in part to athletic director Tom Jurich. Mitchell says in the late 1990s the pair changed how student athletes studied and received academic assistance while at the same time practicing their sports.

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Education
10:33 am
Fri January 17, 2014

How JCPS, Greater Clark Handle Winter Weather Decisions

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It happens every time.

Jefferson County Public Schools decides to cancel school because of the weather—or not—and Twitter lights up with comments; some people oppose the decision, some are supportive. 

The issue popped up Friday morning. JCPS is in session; several area school districts aren't.

So, how does JCPS decide to cancel school?

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