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
11:31 am
Fri October 19, 2012

JCPS Board Candidate and Jeffersonville Principal Put On Paid Leave

A Greater Clark County Schools principal who is also running for Jefferson County’s school board has been placed on administrative leave.

An email was sent to the media Thursday evening (below) saying James Sexton was not in the office but that no disciplinary action had been taken against him. The school district has not explained why he was put on leave.

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Education
6:53 am
Fri October 19, 2012

UNIQUE: A Ride With Retiring JCPS Bus Driver, Terri Evans

As part of our occasional series Unique, we're taking in-depth looks at the stories of students, families and faculty in Jefferson County Public Schools this schools year.

Today, we're visiting with a veteran bus driver Terri Evans who is just weeks away from retirement.

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Education
12:49 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

U of L Finishes Mold Testing in Dorms, No Further Relocations Necessary

Students were moved from Miller Hall last week after unhealthy levels of mold spores were found.

After moving 270 students from their dorms last week, University of Louisville officials say testing for the other residence halls is complete and no further students will need to be displaced. 

All students have successfully been moved to nearby hotels or other housing free of charge, but the dorms will be closed the remainder of the semester for cleaning, officials said.

U of L investigated and found unhealthy levels of mold in its Miller Hall residence last week following a report of visible mold from a student in another building.

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Education
11:06 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Kentucky Creates Foundation to Supplement Education Spending

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education are creating an independent foundation called the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky to help local school districts through new funding sources.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State's office Wednesday to create the foundation that will work separately from KDE.

The foundation will look for grants and money other than the traditional state, federal and local sources.

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Local News
11:24 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Kentucky, Indiana Create Joint Board to Oversee Bridges Project

Indiana is responsible for building the new East End Bridge (pictured).
Ohio River Bridges Project

Indiana and Kentucky are overhauling the body governing for the Ohio River Bridges Project and expect to approve new agreements Tuesday afternoon that will transfer power from the bi-state Bridges Authority in charge of overseeing the project, to a four-member Joint Board.

The bi-state authority was put in charge of creating a financial plan for the now $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, which includes a tolling agreement that has yet to be worked out.

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Local News
11:50 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Dalai Lama to Speak at YUM Center

The Dalai Lama plans to bless Louisville's Drepung Gomang Institute on his three-day visit.

The Dalai Lama plans to visit Louisville next May and hold public talks on compassion.

It was announced the Dalai Lama would visit Louisville earlier this year to bless the city’s Tibetan Buddhist Center, called the Drepung Gomang  Institute. Now plans for his May 19-21 visit have been announced by institute officials and Mayor Greg Fischer.

The theme suits Fischer's commitments to compassion made last year, which asked residents to volunteer in preparation for the Kentucky Derby, said institute board member Will Lestrange.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mock Election: Which Presidential Candidate Will Students Relate To?

Courtesy of Alex Lee, Wikimedia Commons

Voter registration in Kentucky has closed for eligible voters, but Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging non-eligible voters to sign up for a mock election.

“From the moment I could read I was reading precinct lists and the moment I could walk, walking door to door to help get out the vote on Election Day,” said Grimes.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Humana, KaBoom Build Playground For Parkland Boys and Girls Club

Some 250 volunteers have signed up to help build a playground in just six hours at the Parkland neighborhood Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday.

The project is a partnership between the Humana Foundation and a national non-profit organization called KaBoom, which has helped build over 2,100 playgrounds nationwide. The playground, which includes a community garden space, will be built next to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana's Parkland neighborhood club.

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Local News
12:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

U of L Trustees Board Approves Process to Complete Merger Talks

The University of Louisville Medical Center is inching closer to securing a merging partner, which officials say could come in the next several weeks.

U of L’s Board of Trustees authorized the school’s vice president of health affairs, Dr. David Dunn, to complete negotiations with finalists, whose names are being kept quiet during the negotiating process.

After a potential merger with Catholic Health Initiatives and Jewish Hospital fell through, UMC opened the merger to a bidding process.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

KentuckyOne Health Expands Invests $30 Million in Cardiac Care

KentuckyOne Health--the state's largest healthcare system--has announced its first major investment of the $325 million it promised to spend after its creation.

“This is the first down payment on that commitment,” said Dr. Dan Varga, the group's Chief Clinical Officer.

Kentucky One Health was formed this year in the merger of Saint Mary’s and Saint Joseph Health Systems and Jewish Hospital.

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