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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Education
1:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

55,000 Degrees Seeks Help From Tech Innovation

Data from the 2011 report shows Louisville is slightly behind its goal for 2020.

Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative is asking technology entrepreneurs to participate in a competition to increase the number of college degrees in the community.

The Gheens Foundation is putting up $20,000 for the best idea that will accelerate or motivate higher education attainment.

The city is not on track to meet its goal of 55,000 bachelors and associates degrees by 2020, but the city has increased its efforts and other programs to meet its 10 year goal.

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Education
10:01 am
Fri September 28, 2012

JCPS Bus Accident Sends 51 to Area Hospitals

Updated at 12:20

Officials with JCPS now say 51 students have been taken to five area hospitals as precaution following an early morning accident where a car struck a school bus headed to Frost Middle School.

JCPS Chief Operation Officer Mike Raiser told WFPL once the district learned from EMS which hospitals the students were being brought to, a response team of five to ten staff members was sent to those locations.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Family Scholar House Growing in Louisville, Region

Ground was broken Thursday on the fourth Family Scholar House in Louisville that will serve a large waiting list of 642 single-parent families seeking help toward earning a college degree.

The 19th Century Parkland School is being renovated to serve 48 more local families when it opens next year.

President Cathe Dykstra said for the hundreds of families not in the residential program, the Family Scholar House offers other services to keep families on track to complete their degree.

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Education
1:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

AP Tests Continue to Rise in Kentucky

The number of Kentucky public high school students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring at higher levels continues to rise.

AP classes give students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school.

In 2008, Kentucky increased its efforts to make AP classes and exams more accessible to students. Today, the Kentucky Department of Education continues funding and encouraging students to push themselves and the most recent AP numbers reflect this.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Gov. Beshear Names Members of Child Abuse Review Panel

Gov. Beshear signed an executive order this year to create the 17-member child fatality review panel.
Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear has named the 17 members of the state’s new Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, which is comprised of a wide range of professionals.

The panel will act independently from the state, although for administrative purposes it’s placed in the Justice Cabinet.

Its job will be to review certain child abuse cases on a quarterly basis to make sure the state government is complying with its policies.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

NAACP Ramps Up Voter Registration, Education Campaign

Louisville’s NAACP branch and other local organizations have announced an aggressive campaign to register voters before this fall’s election.

Over the next couple of weeks Louisville’s NAACP, the Louisville Urban League and churches will visit supermarkets, drug stores and high schools to reach unregistered voters. 

Local NAACP President Raoul Cunningham says some local elections are just as important to their constituents as the presidential race.

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Education
2:08 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Ky Education Board Hears Opposition to Restraint Policy

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Hidrafil

The Kentucky Board of Education and Commissioner Terry Holliday are reviewing public comments given this week on changes to the state’s restraint and seclusion policy for misbehaving students.

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Education
12:03 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

WFPL's District 4 School Board Debates Focus on Student Achievement

  • Full audio of WFPL's District 4 debates.

WFPL held its second Jefferson County Board of Education debate this week, featuring three of the five candidates vying for the open District 4 seat.

Candidates Eric Bullock, Chuck Haddaway and Lloyd "Chip" White discussed what student achievement means to them, and how the school board might develop the strongest structures to assure student achievement for all JCPS students.

Candidates Melissa "Missy" Smith and Chester Flake were unable to attend.

Stephen "Steve" Ryan withdrew from the race this week.

Education
1:57 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

JCPS District 4 Debate Tonight, Ryan Withdraws From Race

WFPL is hosting a debate tonight for candidates vying for Jefferson County Board of Education's District 4 seat.

There are five candidates competing to replace retiring board member Joe Hardesty, who oversaw the southwestern Jefferson County region for the past 20 years.

Stephen "Steve" Ryan announced his withdraw from the race Monday evening, leaving Lloyd "Chip" White, Chuck Haddaway, Melissa "Missy" Smith, Chester Flake and Eric Bullock in the race.

Education
1:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Officials Shadow Higher Education Partnership, Discuss Innovation

Superintendent Donna Hargens greets students as they leave the gym.

A unique program that partners University of Louisville student-teachers with a Jefferson County Public Schools classroom may soon see preliminary results for the past five years’ work.

That was the focus of a day-long event Tuesday where nearly 50 educators were invited to discuss innovation in education at Atkinson Academy elementary school in Louisville's Portland neighborhood.

Education commissioner Terry Holliday, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer were among those appearing at Atkinson Tuesday morning. 

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