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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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
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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
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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
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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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Education
12:19 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Beshear Signs Executive Order Creating Education Data Center

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Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an executive order to create the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, which officials say solidifies his commitment to data gathering across various agencies.

The center will replace and build upon Kentucky’s P-20 Collaborative, which has kept similar information related to education and beyond. This includes linking high school and college data and the center may eventually help determine if schools are meeting the state’s workforce demands.

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Local News
3:42 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Two Companies Choose To Locate Headquarters Downtown

Gov. Steve Beshear welcomes two companies to a soon-to-be renovated space on East Market Street.

Gov. Steve Beshear joined local officials in announcing two companies that have chosen to relocate their headquarters in downtown Louisville from Indiana.

The companies are expected to add 100 “top-level” jobs, according to a press release sent out by the governor’s office.

Indatus and sister company Mocura—both owned under ownership of ICIM Corporation—will relocate headquarters in a historic building on East Main Street, which previously housed the headquarters of Four Roses Bourbon.

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Local News
1:26 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Turfway Park Pilots Substance Abuse Program

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Turfway Park will begin piloting a substance abuse program for licensed racetrack workers next year, which officials hope can extend to other tracks around the state.

“That’s our intent is to have a program in place that will be effective at all the racetracks in Kentucky,” said Richard Riedel, executive director of the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund, which is paying the $5,000 cost to pilot the program.

The program is partly a development of Northern Kentucky’s Awareness and Discovery Group, which offers substance abuse and behavioral health services.

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