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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Local News
6:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Ministry Moves Hub to Louisville, Critics Follow

A evangelical ministry has moved its hub from Maryland to Louisville and has quietly settled into Louisville following criticism of its leadership.

Last year Sovereign Grace Ministries president C.J. Mahaney stepped aside while a church board reviewed allegations that he had acted inappropriately against other church leaders. 

The board review the allegations and reinstated Mahaney this year saying his teaching was in line with the church’s beliefs.

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Education
12:36 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

JCPS District 7 Candidates Offer Diverse Experience, Opinions

  • Full audio of WFPL's District 7 debates.

Residents in southeastern Jefferson County will have a pool of school board candidates this fall that range in experience and vision for improving student achievement.

The last of WFPL's Jefferson County Board of Education election debates ended Tuesday night. The five candidates competing for retiring board member Larry Hujo's District 7 seat--Chris Brady, Christopher Fell, Marty Bell, James Sexton and Jonathan Robertson--discussed taxes, charter schools, neighborhood schools and much more.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

KY Fair Board Could Vote on CEO Replacement Friday

The Kentucky State Fair Board’s CEO search committee will meet in executive session Friday morning and the full board could vote for current CEO and president Harold Workman’s replacement in the afternoon.

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Local News
3:35 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Program Offers Free Training for Moving Van Operators

One-hundred men and women in the Kentuckiana region and along the I-65 corridor will be selected over the next few weeks to participate in moving van operator training.

Mayor Greg Fischer joined Congressman John Yarmuth Wednesday in announcing the federally-funded opportunity that will train and provide participants with a Registered American Moving Professional (RAMP) certification.

Officials say the moving van industry is becoming more popular, with salaries starting at $40,000 a year plus benefits.

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Local News
1:16 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Jeffersonville's Amazon Opens: Eyes On Traffic, Future Investments

Mayor Mike Moore says he expects Amazon and the bridges project will encourage more investment in the Ridge Ridge Commerce Center.

Indiana’s fifth Amazon Distribution Center opened in Jeffersonville this week and officials say while the facilities begin stocking shelves they'll be keeping an eye on traffic in the area.

The $150 million facility is currently employing between 600 to 800 employees on two shifts and that may increase during the holidays, said Mayor Mike Moore.

“Of course this is great news for the city of Jeff to have Amazon come, but there are more issues that we’re going to be dealing with and we’re going to get a little bit more every day, find out what needs to be done," he said.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Louisville's Anti-Violence Task Force Submitting Report to Mayor Soon

Recommendations from Louisville’s Violence Prevention Task Force are being finalized, and a report will be submitted to Mayor Greg Fischer soon, but task force members say improving the city’s crime culture could take time.

The 37-member workgroup has been considering how the city can reduce violence in Louisville following a series of shootings in May. The report includes a range of topics like education, health and community-building.

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Education
3:39 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

JCPS Prepares for Middle, High School Applications, Now Online

Jefferson County Public Schools is offering families a chance to apply for their school choices online for the first time following the school showcases, which will be held at the end of this month for middle and high schools.

The move is one of several changes to the application process following the school board’s recent approval of the new student assignment plan.

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Local News
2:31 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Chickasaw Community Walk Continues Dialogue with Law Enforcement

Louisville Metro councilwoman Attica Woodson-Scott will hold her third neighborhood walk tonight to address the problem of violence in West Louisville.

A series of brazen shootings in the Parkland neighborhood earlier this year led Mayor Greg Fischer to create a 37-member Violence Prevention Task Force. Several subcommittees have completed their work and a final report could be sent to Fischer’s office this week.

Scott says her neighborhood walks improve communication between law enforcement and the community.

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Education
9:42 am
Tue October 2, 2012

JCPS District 7 Debate Tonight at WFPL Studios

The last of WFPL's Jefferson County Board of Education election debates is tonight at 6:30 pm.

WFPL has held District 2 and District 4 debates in previous weeks and all five candidates vying for southeastern Louisville's District 7 seat have confirmed their attendance tonight.

Education
6:32 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Last Student Released Following JCPS Bus Accident

The last of 48 Jefferson County Public Schools students involved in a bus accident last week was released from Kosair Children’s Hospital Monday.

The district will continue offering counseling services throughout the week as needed.

On Friday, a bus heading toward Frost Middle School was hit by a car carrying three students from Butler High.

District officials say none of the injuries were life threatening and most of the students were released either last Friday or over the weekend.

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