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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Education
9:05 am
Mon January 7, 2013

New JCPS Board Members Finish Training Before Taking Oath

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Newly elected Jefferson County School Board members will finish training this week before taking office on Jan. 14.

Chris Brady will replace Larry Hujo in District 7, David Jones Jr. will replace Steve Imhoff in District 2 and Chuck Haddaway will replace Joe Hardesty in District 4.

The three seasoned outgoing board members have all told WFPL they feel comfortable with their replacements and with leaving the district in the hands of Superintendent Donna Hargens, who was hired in 2011.

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Local News
8:25 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Hearing Officer to Make Recommendations on Councilwoman Shanklin's Ethics Case By Jan. 31

Shanklin attorney Aubrey Williams addresses Ethics Commission last year.

Over the next month, the officer assigned to embattled Louisville Metro councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s ethics hearing will craft a response to the case.

Shanklin has been accused of violating five provisions of the city’s ethics code, including using her position to benefit relatives. 

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Education
12:33 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Final Week to Apply for JCPS School Choices

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Jefferson County families have one week to apply for their top public school choices for next school year and the district is opening some offices with extended hours this week to help complete the process.

“Parents that will be able to get their applications in by the Jan. 11 deadline will have a much greater opportunity to get the choices that they want and so that’s why we encourage parents to meet that deadline and not put it off any longer than they need to,” said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey.

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Education
9:52 am
Fri January 4, 2013

U of L Students Moving Back Into Miller Hall Dorms After Being Displaced Due to Mold

University of Louisville students living in the Miller Hall dorms that were displaced last year after mold was discovered will move back into the dorms this weekend.

Last October around 270 freshman students were forced to relocate after mold spores were found in a 80 percent of dorm rooms. U of L officials said mold was also found in other complexes and would be treated appropriately.

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Education
12:21 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Jobs and Trainings: Kentuckiana Works' Director Michael Gritton Previews 2013

Officials with KentuckianaWorks say healthcare jobs remain in demand, but the organization will also prepare residents in the 13 county metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for an increase in construction work this year as the Ohio River Bridges Project gets underway in the spring.

KentuckianaWorks was created under federal law to administer job placement and training programs.

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Local News
3:08 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker Drafts Bill Abolishing Death Penalty

A Kentucky lawmaker has crafted legislation that would abolish the death penalty in the commonwealth.

Similar measures have been proposed intermittently over the past 25 years, but none have had enough support to pass. Now Democratic state representative Carl Rollins has posted a bill that has the support of anti-death penalty activists.

Rev. Patrick Delahanty with the Kentucky Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty says even though past attempts have failed, he senses growing support for the measure.

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Local News
12:59 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Crises Phase Begins

Over 11,000 Jefferson County residents are expected to participate over the next few months in crisis phase of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, but the federal government has allocated less money for the program this year.

LIHEAP provides one-time funding for eligible residents at or below 130 percent of the poverty line in the cold winter months. Between November and December nearly 11,000 residents use the program, according to Debbie Belt, community outreach specialist for the Department of Community Services and Revitalization. 

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Education
2:20 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Previews Spot on House Education and Workforce Committee

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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says reauthorizing the expired No Child Left Behind Act should be a priority of the incoming Congress.

But the law as it stands now would likely undergo significant reforms that follow what some states like Kentucky have already begun implementing.

Yarmuth was recently appointed to the  House Education and Workforce Committee, a position he held during his first years in office.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Louisville to Host Cyclo-Cross Elites World Championships

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Louisville will host the 2013 UCI World Elite Cyclo-cross Championships early next year, which is being held outside of Europe for the first time in the sport’s 60-year history. 

Cyclo-cross is a bicycle race on multi terrains and with some obstacles where riders may have to dismount and traverse. This year, the Masters and Elite race will be held at  Louisville’s Eva Bandman Park off River Road. 

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Education
9:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Kentucky Ed. Commissioner Terry Holliday: Pension Reform Likely Legislative Focus

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says despite a legislative session next year that’s likely to focus on pension reform, he expects some key education initiatives to be brought up, discussed and even passed.

According to recommendations from a task force, the state needs to allocate nearly $300 million to honor its pension obligations, which would likely take money away from several other departments.

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