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
12:07 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Shanklin Attorney Appeals Ethics Commissions Recommendations for Removal

Attorney Aubrey Williams addresses Louisville's Ethics Commission last year.

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s attorney has appealed Louisville Ethics Commission recommendations that she be removed from Metro Council.

Shanklin was found to have violated four provisions of the city’s ethics code last month. The commission concluded she used her position on the council to fund an organization--the Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association--she was associated with and that she hired her grandson to work as her aid.

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Local News
5:19 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Attendance Drops for Louisville Bats Games, Record Losses, Heat to Blame

Around 9,000 fans attend each Louisville Bats game on average.

For the first time in nearly a decade, officials have noticed a significant drop in attendance at Louisville Bats games.

The club is still one of the best nationwide at getting fans to the ballpark, but attendance and officials are hoping new talent can put them back on top.

On average around 9,000 fans attend each Bats game. That’s kept them in the top five cities nationwide for attendance out of nearly 175 minor league ball clubs. While the attendance dropped by just a few hundred on average, 8,700, it was enough to get the team's attention.

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Education
5:08 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

JCPS Alerts Teachers of Potential Job Cuts to Early Childhood Educators

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The federal sequestration may lead to cuts to early childhood education staff in Jefferson County Public Schools.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association confirms that JCPS alerted principals last week that up to 100 early childhood educators could be cut, though district officials say it's still too early to tell.

A teacher told the union her principal and a JCPS official informed staff that cuts could be possible, says JCTA deputy executive director James Hughley who later confirmed the JCPS email sent to principals.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Autism Center Stresses Early Detection to Parents

Credit Urban Studies Institute, University of Louisville

Students with autism are more likely to go to college one year after high school than students with other disabilities, but they may be having more trouble finding work, according to research from the Kentucky Post School Outcomes Center.

KyPSO--housed in the Human Development Institute and funded by the Kentucky Department of Education--researches post school data.

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Education
8:32 am
Mon April 1, 2013

JCPS Developing 'Score Cards' to Close Equity Gaps

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Jefferson County Public Schools is developing a new initiative aimed at specific student groups to ensure the right resources are going to the right students.

Officials are working with community leaders to develop Equity Score Cards, which will consider trends and data related to gender, disability, race, and geographic regions.  

Eventually, the idea is to provide each school with recommendations and ways to close equity gaps among various groups of students that are struggling, says JCPS assistant superintendent John Marshall.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Why Louisville Students Drop Out of School, Told First Hand

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Over the past month, WFPL has aired personal narratives from young adults who dropped out of the public school system. 

The series is part of The Next Louisville education project and attempts to shed light on the stories behind the statistics and data media often report. 

The conversations below show the complexity of student lives and why people often associate education within the context of a community. Please take a moment to listen to or share the stories below.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Louisville Schedules Public Forum to Discuss Abandoned, Vacant Properties

Louisville officials will hold the first monthly public forum in April to discuss the city’s vacant and abandoned property issues at which time they'll show the community its new system designed to track data.

The city has been developing a data system called VAPStat (Vacant and Abandoned Properties Statistics)--like the city's LouieStat system that tracks other city data--that will assess how Metro Government is addressing the city’s vacant and abandoned properties.

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Local News
12:16 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Sequester Cuts Official Military Aircrafts During Thunder Over Louisville

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Kentucky Derby Festival officials have confirmed that there will be no official military aircrafts flown during this year's Thunder Over Louisville.

"We are not expecting military to fly," said Amy Boyd, a spokeswoman with KDF.

This is something KDF had expected, but Boyd says they received the official work Thursday. Further, she says some planes being flown will be older, retired military aircrafts.

"Technically we still have military planes. They are still going to be loud noise makers. It's just different versions of those aircraft," she says.

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Education
4:57 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

JCPS Hit Hardest by Sequestration

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The Kentucky Department of Education is asking school districts to be conservative when budgeting federal dollars for next year, as across the board cuts known as sequestration are expected to chop funds by 5 percent.

The commonwealth receives nearly $500 million in federal funding which goes to programs like Title 1 funding for low-income schools, improving teacher quality, vocational rehabilitation and English learner education.

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Education
3:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Louisville Tea Party Supports Charter Schools, Less Transportation, More Fiscal Accountability

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The Louisville Tea Party has developed new education initiatives the group plans to support through fund raising.

There are four initiatives on the Louisville Tea Party’s website. They include supporting school choice and charter schools.  The party says students should not spend more than 30 minutes on a bus unless parents sign a waiver allowing them to spend extra time being transported.

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