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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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.
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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

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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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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.

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