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.

Pages

Local News
4:39 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Committee Listens to All Options

Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety listened to more testimony Friday afternoon and for the second time since its creation.

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.

Read more
Education
9:26 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Subcommittee Meets This Afternoon

Credit File photo

Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety will listen to testimony from officials Friday afternoon for the second time since its creation.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special temporary subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 

Last week the panel heard from educators, law enforcement and officials with the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

Read more
Education
9:47 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Gifted and Talented Children Conference Coming to Louisville

Credit File photo

The 20th biennial international conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is coming to the Galt House this summer.

Louisville will join host cities such as Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Prague, Czech Republic, according to The Lane Report

The program is being held Aug. 10-14 and will celebrate "Giftedness and Creativity."

From The Lane Report:

Read more
Local News
3:25 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Deal Encouraged By City Leaders; Tourism Bureau Commits $100,000 for 5 Years

Credit File photo

Mayor Greg Fischer says negotiations to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park are close to completion, but the parties involved remain silent about a possible lease.

Read more
Local News
2:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Corpses Visit Kentucky Science Center in New Exhibit 'Body Worlds Vital'

You walk into a dark room in the Kentucky Science Center and behind glass, bright lights show off the inner workings of the human body. Bones and muscle are ripped, cut and stretch to artistically show how we work.

“If you want to appeal lay people who come with hesitation, who may have never seen a corpse before, they need to be looking beautiful,” said Angelina Whalley, the creative designer for the new exhibit called Body Worlds Vital.

Read more
Education
11:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Kentucky Education Department Prepares to Release Alternative Schools Data

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the state is working to improve oversight of its alternative schools
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education is planning to release data next month on the state’s alternative schools for the first time as they look to improve transparency and accountability for the population the schools serve.

Over 70,000 students are estimated to attend alternative programs in the state (which could include duplicate student numbers),  many of which are in specialized schools that range in services and purposes. 

Read more
Local News
10:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

What Kentucky's Fairness Campaign Learned from Vicco, Kentucky

Credit Google Maps

Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign leaders say they plan to use the small eastern Kentucky city of Vicco as a model for grassroots movements pushing fairness ordinances in other cities.

Last week, Vicco became the fourth Kentucky city and the smallest city nationwide to adopt a fairness ordinance. The law protects all residents from discrimination regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion or age.

Read more
Education
4:03 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

House Education Leader: Bills to Come Requiring Locked School Doors, Other Immediate Safety Fixes

Credit File photo

Lawmakers and educators who attended Kentucky’s special House Subcommittee on School Safety this week say they are pleased with results of the first meeting and the chairman says he plans to hold another meeting next week.

The temporary subcommittee was created by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, but a bill filed by subcommittee chair Rep. Richard Henderson, D-74, would make it permanent. The subcommittee was created in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last month.

Read more
Education
5:39 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Southern Indiana School Districts Embrace School Resource Officers

Credit File photo

Clarksville Community School Corp. is expected to join its neighboring districts in adopting a school resource officer (SRO) to improve student safety.

SROs have been used in southern Indiana school districts for years, but recently President Obama signed an executive order supporting the school safety option.

This was part of 23 executive orders Mr. Obama signed this week to increase gun and school safety.

Read more
Local News
11:35 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Big Four Bridge Receives Final Pieces, Soft Opening Expected in January

Nick Roberts, SpeedDemon2 Photography, www.speeddemon2.com

Officials say the last pieces of the Big Four Bridge will be delivered Thursday and the soft opening is still expected by the end of the month.

Converting the Big Four Bridge into a pedestrian and bicycle pathway is a bi-state project that began in 2011. The project’s soft opening was expected last month but was delayed after metal needed to finish the bridge could not be delivered due to the holidays.

Read more

Pages