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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Education
9:00 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Finnish Author Pasi Sahlberg Receives 2013 Grawemeyer in Education

Pasi Sahlberg says Finland's education reforms didn't happen over night.

A Finnish author and education reformer has won the University of Louisville's 2013 Grawemeyer Award for education.

Pasi Sahlberg directs Finland’s Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation and is also author of "Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?"

The book explains how reforms that began in the 1970s led to the current success the public school system is experiencing. Finland was once poorly ranked educationally and had large inequalities among its students.

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Education
1:28 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Task Force Concludes Work to Improve Middle School Athletics

Credit ihup.edu

The Kentucky Board of Education will soon reconsider its policies governing middle school athletics following final recommendations crafted this week by a legislative task force.

The 17-member team was formed this year to recommend ways KDE can provide better oversight regarding the health and safety of Kentucky’s middle school athletes.

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Education
10:21 am
Tue November 27, 2012

JCPS Board Passes Smoking Ban to Begin July 2013

Credit Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin/Wikimedia Commons

The Jefferson County Board of Education has unanimously voted to implement a district-wide smoking ban for all employees on campus or at school events beginning July 2013.

The board considered the policy change at Monday night’s meeting, hearing from JCPS staff, students and a health policy professor from Bellarmine University.

The board originally considered a proposal to implement the ban in the 2014-2015 school year, but in Monday’s meeting it was changed to begin next year.

“We don’t need to delay this another year,” said board member Linda Duncan

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Education
9:45 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mixed Results in 55,000 Degrees Progress Report

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Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative—which aims to dramatically increase the number of degrees in Jefferson County by the year 2020—has released its second annual progress report and the results are mixed.

The 55,000 Degrees initiative—created in 2010—is a public-private partnership chaired by Mayor Greg Fischer. The results of last year’s progress report showed the city was improving in the number of working-age adults between 25 to 64 years-old who earned an associates degree or higher.

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Education
2:33 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

U of L Extends College Prep Program in JCPS

James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville
Credit University of Louisville

University of Louisville officials have announced it will extend its "Upward Bound" college prep program to three more Jefferson County public high schools.

U of L will receive two federal grants totaling $3.3 million to serve some 160 high school students over the next five years.

Over the last decade, U of L president James Ramsey says nearly 85 percent of students participating in the Upward Bound program have graduated college.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Kentucky Awards Committee to Review Walsh Construction's Bridges Proposal

An engineering committee will review the proposal from a Chicago-based contractor group Monday that was conditionally chosen for Kentucky’s portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Walsh Construction is composed of four independent contractor companies. Its bid this month was the least expensive of three proposals to design and build a new I-65 bridge and rework Spaghetti Junction at $971 million.

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Education
8:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

55,000 Degrees Report Released Tuesday: Louisville Needs to Play Catch Up

Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative will release its second annual progress report Tuesday, and officials say there has been a slight decline in overall education attainment.

The education initiative chaired by Mayor Greg Fischer was created to increase the number of degrees earned by Louisville residents and to promote a college-going culture.

Executive Director Mary Gwen Wheeler says there is some progress in the latest report but not at the rate necessary to reach the group’s 55,000 degree goal by the year 2020.

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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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