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
6:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Amazon Expands Jeffersonville Fullfillment Center, Jobs to Follow

More jobs could be coming to Jeffersonville’s River Ridge Commerce Center following the announcement from Internet retail giant Amazon, which plans to expand its operations there over the next several months.

When Indiana’s fifth and largest Amazon fulfillment center opened last fall, it employed between 600 to 800 people, with the potential to hire more.

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Local News
11:16 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Louisville's Cyclo-Cross Elite Championship Races Moved to Saturday

The best of the best cyclo-cross racers will now race Saturday after it was determined that Louisville's Eva Bandman cyclo-cross course could potentially flood Sunday from water levels in the Ohio River.

"The projections are by Sunday that Beargrass Creek will come over its banks and flood the lower part of the course," said Karl Schmidtt, executive director of Louisville Sports Commission.

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Local News
4:04 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Cyclo-Cross Championship Takes U.S. By Storm, Mud And Sand

Competitors in a men's category race in the 2013 National Cyclo-cross Championships in Bradford, England, this month. The sport requires riders to traverse mud and sand on off-road courses peppered with obstacles.
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Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

While many Americans will be tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday, there's another big sports competition this weekend: the Cyclo-Cross World Championships. This weekend's event, in Louisville, Ky., marks the first time in its 60-year history that the world championships will be held outside of Europe.

Cyclo-cross, a grueling sport requiring riders to traverse mud, sand and other obstacles, is growing rapidly in the U.S. And the fans can be a bit crazy. At the 2012 Louisville Derby City Cup, hundreds of people — some in costumes — packed onto the course to cheer the riders on.

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Education
5:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Kentucky Students Improve Explore and Plan Test Scores

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The Kentucky Department of Education has released statewide data for two tests that show improvements over last year and state officials are pleased with the progress, but say there’s more work to be done.

The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are taken in eighth and tenth grades respectively. The tests measure preparedness for high school and the ACT college entrance exam that all juniors take.

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Education
2:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

JCPS Budget Talks Upsets Teachers Union

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Officials with the Jefferson County Teachers Association say if the school board proceeds with the preliminary budget adopted this week it could challenge the district in court.

The issue is over the elimination of some of the district’s school resource teachers. RTs help certain JCPS schools and teachers with curriculum or student academics. While some RTs work in specific schools, others are located in district offices like Gheens Academy.

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Local News
2:15 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Strong Winds, Storms Expected in Louisville; JCPS Cautions of Possible Morning Bus Delays

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Strong winds and severe storms—and maybe even an isolated tornado—are expected in the Louisville area Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

A wind advisory has been issued for Jefferson County and surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana, effective from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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Education
1:03 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

JCPS Career and Technical Education Improves Enrollment Over Last Year's Decrease

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials are optimistic about the future of career and technical education programs in the district despite a drop in enrollment last year.

A higher than projected enrollment in JCPS CTE programs this year has led to an increase in state funding of nearly $200,000. The JCPS board approved the increase in funding at Monday night's meeting.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Subcommittee to Meet Once More This Week

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The chair of Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety says the panel does not support arming teachers, despite hearing testimony last week in support of the option.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Since then, many communities have begun discussing ways to improve school safety.

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Education
7:54 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Louisville Author Highlights Effects of Desegregation in Local Schools

A Louisville native and education reporter has authored a new book to be released this week that considers the effects of the Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan.

Sarah Garland is author of “Divided We Fail”, which draws personal narratives into the conversation of desegregation in the public school system.

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Local News
6:23 am
Mon January 28, 2013

GLI Boosts Degrees at Work Effort, But Needs to Play Catch-Up

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Greater Louisville Inc. has increased its efforts to boost its Degrees at Work initiative, which is a partner of the city’s 55,000 Degrees program. 

Since the initiative was created in 2010, the GLI team in charge of the program has been gathering research and sending out survey’s to its member businesses who have expressed interest in connecting their employees with higher education.

“What the surveys do is it helps us determine who the employees are that want to know more about education and how we can assist them,” said Turner Wathan, one of three 

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