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
10:19 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Louisville Council Approves Rules Change Allowing Limited Debate

The council passed an ordinance introduced by Brent Ackerson, D-26, that allows the council to limit debate to 90 minutes.
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The Louisville Metro Council has passed rules that could limit full-council debate on proposed ordinances with a simple majority vote.

Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, introduced the change this week.  It was quickly dismissed by Republicans as being restrictive on the minority.  

The change, would allow a majority of council members to call for debate to end after 90 minutes.

Thursday night’s 15 to 9 vote was mainly along party lines in the Democratic controlled council.

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Education
7:38 am
Fri November 16, 2012

JCPS Elementary Showcase This Saturday

Jefferson County Public Schools’ elementary showcase will be held Saturday at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The annual event allows parents and students to meet with staff and be introduced to various programs and schools where they’re eligible to apply.

Attendees will also have a chance to ask transportation and student assignment questions.

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Local News
5:04 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Jeffersonville Mayor Files Petition Against City Council

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore filed a petition against the City Council on Wednesday.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has filed a petition in Clark Circuit Court this week alleging that the city council has infringed on his statutory authority.

In previous weeks the council tried to move the communications director position away from the mayor’s authority. Before the measure could be voted on Moore announced this week his decision to outsource communications to a private company.

“I think it’s a smart move, a good move and there’s certainly no political fall out from this," he said.

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Local News
12:42 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Chicago-based Walsh Construction Named Kentucky's 'Apparent' Winner of Bridges Project

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Chicago-based Walsh Construction has been named the best option to design and construct Kentucky's portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project, which includes building a new I-65 bridge and reworking Spaghetti Junction.

Walsh Construction's $971 million bid was the best financial value and the group says it can finish the project in 1,380 days, or by Dec. 10, 2016.

The state's awards committee will meet on Nov. 26th to review the bid in detail and it could--at that time--announce the decision to accept the proposal.

From earlier today:

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Education
12:12 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Report Touts Kentucky's Education Data Improvements

A report released Thursday by Washington-based Data Quality Campaign shows Kentucky has made progress in using data to improve student achievement.

The “Data For Action 2012” report touts Kentucky as a leader for its longitudinal data system, which refers to data that can be tracked from kindergarten to career.

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Business
10:48 am
Wed November 14, 2012

University of Louisville Hospital Announces Partnership with KentuckyOne Health

University of Louisville President James Ramsey discusses the merger between University of Louisville Hospital and KentuckyOne Health.
Devin Katayama/WFPL

After over eight months of negotiations, U of L Hospital and University Medical Center will enter into a joint agreement with KentuckyOne Health on March 1, 2013.

KentuckyOne Health -- which is under directives of Catholic Health Initiatives -- will maintain the day-to-day operations but U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center will remain independent in its oversight and health directives, which was a major criticism during last year's merger talks.

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Education
1:23 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Louisville Creates Charter to Improve Out-Of-School Programs

Mayor Greg Fischer, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Metro United Way President Joe Tolan sign the charter agreement.

Louisville has formed a new council to oversee the improvement of out-of-school programs offered throughout the city. 

The partnership announced Tuesday responds to recommendations from the Violence Prevention Task Force, which were made public last month.

Mayor Greg Fischer was joined by Metro United Way and Jefferson County Public Schools officials to announce the city’s new Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council Charter.

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Local News
2:53 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Yum Center Projects Higher Profits, Olympic Trials Bid

Credit File photo

Officials are projecting higher earnings than expected for the KFC Yum! Center through June of next year and have also announced their intention to bid next month to host the 2016 Olympic swim trials.

Los Angeles-based AEG took over management of the KFC Yum! Center from the Kentucky State Fair Board this year. AEG was charged with bringing in $1 million in profit this fiscal year and booking at least 20 events, according to marketing manager Sandra Kendall.

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Education
2:02 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

U of L Hosts Technology Leadership Program, JCPS Participates

Hundreds of students from around Kentucky will be at the University of Louisville’s Swain Activities Center Tuesday for the 2012 Student Technology Leadership Program.

STLP was launched in 1994 and the regional competition has been held at U of L for over a decade. Students will show ways they’re using technology in leadership roles to serve their communities.

“You can really get a sense of how in touch with technology kids are today,” said Stephen Swan, a term instructor with instructional technology at U of L’s College of Education.

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Education
8:54 am
Mon November 12, 2012

JCPS Committee Crafts School Board Orientation Plan

Credit File photo

Jefferson County Public Schools’ three new board members-elect will begin orientation soon prior to taking their seat on the school board next January.

“There are several topics that jump out,” said JCPS board chair Diane Porter.

A tentative transition plan was sent last week to David Jones Jr. in District 2, Chuck Haddaway in District 4 and Chris Brady in District 7.

The three are expected to participate in meetings about the budget and board protocols prior to Jan. 14 when they take their seats.

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