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
8:50 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Bus Accident Sends Five JCPS Students Hospital

The Courier-Journal reports that five Valley High School students were taken to Kosair Children's Hospital after being rear ended by a vehicle around 7:10 am Monday morning.

There were no serious injuries according to JCPS officials although the five students did complain of head pain, the C-J reported.

A total of 11 students were on the bus with no further injuries.

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Local News
7:21 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Father of Girls Lost in Tragic Christmas Fire Encourages Arts in Schools

The father of three girls killed last Christmas Eve in a Connecticut house fire is encouraging local schools to apply for grants though his new fund.

After last year’s accident Matthew Badger founded the Lily-Sarah-Grace Fund to support low-income schools with arts grant funding.

Badger is on a national road tour, driving a Winnebago, and speaking at schools that lack funding and could benefit from grants ranging from $100 to $5,000.

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Local News
2:39 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

Two Dead After Shooting in Walmart Parking Lot

A man and a woman are dead after what appear to be related shootings that began at the Walmart located at 11901 Standiford Plaza Drive.

Louisville Metro Police responded to a call at 12:17 in the Walmart parking lot where a female victim was found unresponsive from an apparent gunshot wound and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police spokeswoman Carey Klain.

Witnesses provided a description of a male suspect and said he fled in the scene in a gray Nissan.

Education
3:24 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Ted Gordon Files School Board Complaint Against Jones Jr.

David Jones Jr. says he's clear to serve JCPS next year.

Update (5:00 pm): Jones has responded to the complaint and writes:

I have reviewed the complaint challenging my eligibility and would like to take this opportunity to state that Main Street Realty is a business venture of which my father, David A. Jones, is a director. My legal name is David A. Jones, Jr., which is how I filed my candidacy, and it is the name that appeared on District 2 ballots.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Beam Announces New Global Center in Fourth Street Live

A major whiskey company has relocated its new global services center in downtown Louisville. 

Beam Incorporated announced Thursday it has already employed 30 regional employees and begun training for the new center that will conduct the company's financial and human resources services.

In the next 12 months, there will be around 60 employees working in the new Fourth Street Live space, which is located above the Gordon Biersch restaurant.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Barbara Shanklin Answers Some Questions in Ethics Hearing, But Again Walks Out

Credit Louisville Metro Council

The ethics hearing for Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has closed with another dramatic exit by the embattled lawmaker.

Unlike yesterday, today Shanklin answered some questions from prosecutors. She told the ethics commission she was unaware her grandson was incarcerated at the time she signed his timesheet.

But when questions were directed toward her about discretionary spending practices, she—again—walked out at the request of her attorney Aubrey Williams.

Shanklin cites her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

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Education
8:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

What Does the JCPS Board Vote Say About Student Assignment?

Credit File photo

Of the 114,265 votes cast for Jefferson County’s three school board seats, nearly 30 percent went to candidates who strongly support some form of neighborhood schools.  

Half of the 14 candidates that vied to serve the Jefferson County Board of Education supported reverting back to neighborhood schools. Currently, Jefferson County Public Schools bases assignment on criteria including race, income and educational attainment to meet diversity guidelines set by the board.

In the end, none of the candidates supporting neighborhood schools won a seat.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Walks Out on Ethics Hearing

Shanklin attorney Aubrey Williams addresses the Ethics Commission.

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, left in the middle of her own ethics hearing at the request of her attorney.

Shanklin has been accused of violating five provisions of the city’s ethics code, including using her position to benefit relatives.

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Education
12:46 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Ted Gordon: Suit Against JCPS Board Member-Elect David Jones Jr. to Proceed

David Jones Jr.

A Louisville attorney who has sparred with Jefferson County Public Schools for several years says he could file a lawsuit as early as today seeking to disqualify David Jones Jr. from taking the school board seat to which he was elected on Tuesday.

Just before the election, Ted Gordon said he would sue David Jones Jr., who won the District 2 school board seat.

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Local News
11:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Louisville Metro Corrections Director Testifying in Barbara Shanklin Ethics Hearing

Louisville Metro Council

In  Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s ethics hearing today, Louisville Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton is testifying on an ex-offender program that seemingly served few ex-offenders

Shanklin, who represents District 2, has been accused of violating five provisions of the city’s ethics code including using her position to benefit relatives.

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