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
12:21 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Kentucky Releases Data Showing College Results For 'Advance Kentucky' Students

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Students who benefit from the state’s Advanced Placement initiative—called Advance Kentucky—have larger test score gains, take fewer remedial courses in college and earn better GPAs during the first semester.

That’s the takeaway from data released by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics this week.

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Local News
1:54 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Kentucky Derby Museum Opens Archives To Public

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Fans of the Kentucky Derby now have easier access to media and historic archives that date back to the mid-19th Century.

“There really was an impetus by our administration to really become the primary resource center for the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs,"  says curator Chris Goodlet.

There are an estimated 17,000 items archived in the Colonel Clark Library. Some of them are under high security, Goodlet says.

One of the more impressive collections came from the late Jim Bolus, who wrote for the Louisville Times and Courier Journal.

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Business
12:35 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Louisville-Lexington BEAM Program Announces $200,000 For Businesses Wanting To Export

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Kentucky businesses in the Louisville-Lexington region are being encouraged to apply for grants to help them export their products internationally.

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation is providing the $200,000 grant in partnership with the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement known as BEAM, which focuses on improving business in the region between the state’s two largest cities, Louisville and Lexington.

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Education
6:06 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Kentucky 'Districts of Innovation' Could Challenge Standardized Testing

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Some Kentucky school districts may soon test how much wiggle room there is in the federal law that has forced them to measure student progress through standardized tests, which have been a major criticism of the nation's public education system.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says local school districts are helping drive a larger national conversation that’s been questioning the need for standardized tests.

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Education
9:25 am
Sun December 15, 2013

WFPL Wraps Up 'Next Louisville' Education Project, Education Reporting Continues

A crowd listens to presenters at a Pecha Kucha event on public education this year.

Joe Franzen is an optimistic teacher.

“You all have heard it, JCPS is going to be the best urban school district around. And I believe it."

The crowd cheers.

Then, Franzen—who teaches at Fern Creek High School—proceeds to say how he believes this can happen, but why it's not.

Franzen presented at a Pecha Kucha event earlier this year. The theme was education. The event was one of several WFPL hosted as part of our year-long education reporting initiative called The Next Louisville. 

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Education
12:14 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Local Kentucky School Tax Revenue and Results, A Complicated Matter

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As we reported Thursday, the amount of local revenue that school districts could potentially generate by raising taxes varies widely. Some of the richer areas can raise hundreds of dollars more per student than others. Some say that's created another type of inequity in school funding over the past few years while per-pupil spending at the state level has deceased.

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Education
9:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

News Special 1 PM Today - WFPL Reviews Public Education Stories, Challenges Over Past Year

The Next Louisville was a year-long education reporting and community participation project.

A lot can happen in a year of public education. Test scores across the district can increase. They did. The graduation rate can improve. It did.

Also, school and city leaders have pushed for more community participation, saying Jefferson County Public Schools can’t do it alone.

At the same time there are more homeless students in Jefferson County than ever before. A majority of our students are now minorities: African Americans, Hispanics and English language learners.

And every student needs something different. But they’re not all are being reached in time.

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Education
5:17 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

JCPS Says 67 'School of Innovation' Commitment Letters Received

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Jefferson County Public Schools has received 67 letters of intent to design the first ever School of Innovation.

When JCPS announced its School of Innovation Design Competition last month officials  told the public to think big.  They said any individual or group could submit an  idea, which will be due at the end of January.

The proposals can include suggestions on new ways to educate. City innovation director Ted Smith says the ideas should "make us gasp."

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Education
2:51 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Kentucky School Tax Revenue Varies Widely Between Rich And Poor Districts

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A non-partisan economic policy group has released a report showing large gaps in per-student funding among school districts that approved tax increases this year.

Around half of Kentucky school boards approved the maximum 4 percent property tax increase to help fund public schools.

That's partly because the state hasn’t raised per-pupil funding for a number of years. 

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Local News
12:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Housing Coalition Says Louisville Should Change Zoning Laws

Officials with the Metropolitan Housing Coalition say lawmakers should consider changing zoning laws to embrace new residential patterns that have emerged, which could consequently have a positive impact on public education outcomes. 

It can be controversial to change zoning laws, says MHC executive director Cathy Hinko.

“You own property, you’re kind of afraid of change, rightfully so. You want to be convinced that it’s the logical thing to do, it’s in the best interest of you, your family, your community," she says.

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