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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Politics
2:56 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Yarmuth Credits McConnell's Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Credit U.S. Congress

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth  says if a deal is reached to prevent hitting the so-called "fiscal cliff," Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell should get some of the credit.

“I certainly appreciate the work he’s doing and it sounds to me like he’s taking the kind of reasonable approach to compromise that we all have been crying out for, for months," Yarmuth told WFPL.

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Education
10:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Education Department Won't Support Proposal Holding Back Third Graders Who Can't Read

Joni Jenkins
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-44, is crafting legislation that could hold back third grade students who aren’t at reading level, but Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the department won’t support it.

Jenkins acknowledges the bill may not be popular, saying some educators argue it’s traumatic to hold back students and the cost of interventions built into the law could be burdensome.   

“I think the school systems are going to say, yeah that’s great but who is going to pay for interventions,” Jenkins told WFPL.

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Local News
2:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Mixed Martial Arts Events Drop in Kentucky Following New Regulations

Credit Courtesy of the Public Protection Cabinet and KBWA

After ranking fourth in the nation for the number of Mixed Martial Arts or MMA events held statewide in 2011, Kentucky has seen a significant drop in the number of fight cards this past year.

Officials say the drop is likely due to economic factors but some say new regulations enacted by the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority--which has regulated the sport since 2007--are the cause.

Last year, Kentucky’s 81 events ranked only behind California, Ohio and Texas. In 2012, there were only 54 events.

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Arts
12:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Southern Indiana Historian Releases Book With Favorite Articles of Last 100 Years

A new book by southern Indiana historian Jane Sarles includes a collection of newspaper clips from southern Indiana over the last century. 

Sarles is chair of the Clarksville Historic Preservation Commission and president of the Clarksville Historical Society. She also writes a column in the News and Tribune called “Looking Back.” 

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Education
4:08 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Disagrees with NRA

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he disagrees with the National Rifle Association’s aggressive response to the Newtown, Connecticut shootings.

NRA officials made their first formal comments Friday following last week’s school shooting that left 26 dead.

During the no-questions press conference, officials listed movies and video games they believe contribute to school violence. Officials called on a task force to create a model program that would include training and arming guards who could protect school children.

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Local News
4:35 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Yarmuth Named to Education and Workforce Committee and Budget Committee

John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat representing the Third District, will serve on next year’s House Budget Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee.

In a statement, Yarmuth says the committee assignments will allow him to continue working on middle class issues that reflect fairness and shared responsibility.

The Education and Workforce Committee oversees federal programs at all levels of education and its expected to take up legislation to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law next year.

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Local News
2:46 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Opening of Big Four Bridge Delayed

The "soft opening" of the Big Four Bridge, which is being converted to a pedestrian and bicycle pathway, will be delayed until late January or early February, according to a news release sent by the Louisville Waterfront Development  Corporation.

The issue, said the release, is "due to a holdup in the fabrication of the railings for the bridge. The balance of the railings for the bridge will not be received until mid-January, and installation could take several weeks. As safety is of utmost importance, the bridge cannot be opened until all railings are installed."

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Local News
10:56 am
Thu December 20, 2012

The Leading Man, Regalo Among Six Shops Opening on Fourth Street

South Fourth Street
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Mayor Greg Fischer's office has announced six new retailers for the South Fourth Street corridor in downtown Louisville -- citing a study that says downtown has thus far reached only 52 percent of its retail sales potential.

The announcement Thursday was touted as a successful public-private partnership between the city, business owners and the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation, which commissioned a market study that showed "you can double your retail potential downtown if its done right," said Alan DeLisle, executive director of LDDC. 

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Local News
2:58 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Jeffersonville Mayor Apologizes After Personal Confrontation With Wife at City Hall

Mayor Mike Moore apologizes for having a personal confrontation with his wife at city hall.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has apologized for a personal incident that occurred at city Tuesday, which led to police being called. 

Moore told the media Wednesday he wants to put the matter behind him.

According to a statement Moore read to media, he and his wife, Vicki Moore, are getting a divorce. Moore also provided media with the police report that was filed, which tells the complete recounts from both Mike Moore and Vicki Moore's perspectives.

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Education
12:32 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Rumors and Fragile Emotions Lead to Jeffersonville High Student Arrest for Alleged Threats

Jeffersonville High School
Credit Wikipedia Commons

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings last week, a few reports have surfaced in Kentucky and now in southern Indiana regarding allegations of student threats.

On Tuesday, police arrested a Jeffersonville High School student after investigating a rumor circulating around the school system, said Greater Clark County Schools officials.

The following are excerpts from a statement released by GCCS.

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