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
7:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

West End School Breaks Ground On Athletic Center This Week

Rendering provided by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Louisville’s West End School will break ground Tuesday on a new athletic center, which will be the school’s first new construction project since it opened in 2005.

Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Greg Fischer will attend the ceremony this week to celebrate with West End School, which is a free, private college-preparatory boarding school for at-risk boys.

This year, the school extended services to offer day school to kindergarten and pre-K students.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Louisville's 'Buy-Local' Campaign Helps Small Businesses Compete for Holiday Cash

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Louisville’s independent business community is hoping for a year of positive returns as they compete with price-wary shoppers and a market that’s been moving online.

This year, members of the Louisville Independent Business Association--or LIBA--participated in a survey by the group Civic Economics, which has produced small business surveys for other cities.

The survey showed just over half the money spent at independent businesses stayed in the community, which was contrasted with 13 percent of dollars spent at well-known chain stores.

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Local News
1:42 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Louisville Water Company Approves Third Straight 3.75 Percent Rate Increase

The Louisville Water Company has approved an operating budget for next year which includes an average monthly customer bill increase of 77 cents.

Although the amount of water used in Louisville has decreased, spokeswoman Kelley Dearing Smith says the rate increase is necessary.

“We still have to raise the rates in a very small manner to make sure we still maintain that high quality that customers expect," she says.

The quasi-governmental agency says its operating and maintenance budget has increased and it’s partly due to higher power costs and pension expenses.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Child Death and Near Death Review Panel Meets Next Week

Retired Kentucky Circuit Court Judge Roger Crittenden is chair of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel.

Kentucky’s 17-member Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel will meet next week to begin work and a starting point could be the 55 death or near death cases recorded this past fiscal year.

The independent panel was created to provide oversight to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and to make recommendations for how the cabinet can improve. This follows long-term criticism in the way the CHFS handles its child abuse cases.

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Local News
12:45 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Clarksville Council Approves $10,000 to Fight Bridge Tolls; Jeffersonville May Follow

The Bridges Project would build another I-65 bridge and likely toll both.

The Clarksville Town Council unanimously approved the investment of $10,000 to challenge tolls on the new I-65 bridge that’s part of the Ohio River Bridges Project and others may join the cause soon.

Bi-state officials say tolls are a necessary part of the bridges project, but they’ve been long contested as being cumbersome on regional commuters and businesses.

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Local News
4:45 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Louisville's 2012 Healthy Hometown Grant Recipients Announced

American Business Club (AMBUCS) received a $3,000 grant to support the AmTryke Program.

Mayor Greg Fischer has announced the recipient of Louisville’s 2012 Healthy Hometown grants. 

The grant program has been around for eight years. This year 13 organizations will receive a total of $35,000, which is a slight drop from the year before.

The grants are between $1,000 to $3,000 and will be used for a range of programs and services that all promote healthy lifestyles.

Here are the winners:

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Education
4:15 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Gov. Beshear Supports Prichard Committee's Parent Institutes

Credit Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Hidrafil

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday he’ll make a concerted effort to support the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership offered by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Prichard has hosted the program for several years, educating and mentoring hundreds of parents to become involved in their child’s education.

At its inception on the late 1990s the organization offered up to six institutes, but it was being supported by national foundations, said Prichard Committee’s Bev Raimondo who helped create the parent institutes.

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Education
7:53 am
Mon November 19, 2012

JCPS Students Better Prepped for Kindergarten, but Screening Needs More Research

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More Jefferson County Public Schools students entering kindergarten are prepared than the state average, but local educators say whether that translates to higher student achievement scores on state assessments is inconclusive.

Over 100 Kentucky school districts piloted the new Brigance kindergarten readiness screener this year. The results show statewide around 25 percent of students are school-ready when looking at various academic and cognitive factors. 

In JCPS, 34 percent of students are school-ready, according Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hesley.

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Local News
2:42 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Indiana Names WVB East End Partners Likely Recipient of Bridges Project Contract

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Indiana officials have announced the tentative contractor group that will build an East End Bridge in the Louisville region and it includes a Chicago-based business that was conditionally chosen this week by Kentucky to construct its portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. 

Walsh Construction is part of WVB East End Partners, one of four groups that entered proposals to build the East End Bridge. 

Its $763 million bid received the best score overall to design, build and manage the project after its open, making it Indiana’s best option.

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Education
10:51 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Four Kentucky Universities Agree to Use "Shopping Sheets"

This is an example of what students will receive from a university/college where they're enrolled or where they're applying.

Four Kentucky universities will begin using a standardized financial aid letter aimed at helping students and parents better understand the costs of higher education.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Louisville's University of Phoenix campus have agreed to use the “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.”

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