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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Environment
7:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Louisville's First Compressed Natural Gas Station

Louisville’s first Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG, station will be unveiled Wednesday near the city’s international airport and officials are encouraging both businesses and individuals to make the switch to the cleaner fuel alternative.

This will be the first CNG station in Louisville, and only the second in Kentucky. 

CNG burns cleaner than gasoline, but the vehicles that use it often cost more. That hasn’t stopped investment from companies like Waste Management, which plans to add 25 CNG vehicles to its Louisville fleet this year.

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Local News
8:02 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Council Passes Long-Debated Landmarks Ordinance

The Louisville Metro Council passed an ordinance changing the city’s long-time landmarks process on a 16-7 vote Thursday night.

Most council members agreed the ordinance is significantly improved from the nearly 40-year-old measure the city has been using, but the controversial provision giving Metro Council a chance to overturn a Landmarks Commission decision has been debated since Councilman David Yates introduced the ordinance in February.

That provision passed, despite last effort pleas by some council members and an attempt to compromise by Councilman Brent Ackerson.

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Education
1:14 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Four Candidates Vying For JCPS District 7

A fourth candidate has filed to run for the Jefferson County school board’s district 7 seat, which includes eastern parts of the county.

Marty Bell recently resigned from his position as chief academic officer with Indiana's Greater Clark County Schools and he spent years in JCPS serving as a deputy superintendent.

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Education
1:31 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Jefferson County Receives $50,000 to Continue Early Childhood Education Initiatives

Jefferson County will receive state funding for the fifth year in a row to study and implement early childhood education initiatives in the area.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced this week the 21 counties that would receive some of the state’s $600,000 worth of grants to implement the Community Early Childhood Councils program.

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Local News
12:02 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Kids Count Report: Kentucky Children Still Living in Poverty

A quarter of Kentucky’s children continue living in poverty, despite making gains in education and health indicators according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 Kids Count Data Book released this morning. 

The annual report ranks overall child welfare by measuring 16 indicators in four subjects: economic well-being, family and community, health and education factors.

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Environment
1:28 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Fischer Approves MSD, Louisville Water Merger Process

After reviewing task force recommendations for over two months, Mayor Greg Fischer says he supports the consolidation process between the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Louisville Water Company, but a full merger is not set in stone.

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Local News
9:35 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Herald-Leader Reports Cuts, Furloughs

The Lexington Herald-Leader has announced cuts to staff and employees are being forced to take a second week of furloughs this year.

The paper reported Monday that it plans to cut the equivalent of 10 positions including two unnamed executive committee members. Others cuts come from the general administration, circulation, news and operations divisions.

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Local News
12:18 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kentucky Demolishes First "Visual Step" in Bridges Project

Gov. Beshear and Lt Gov. Jerry Abramson walk past one of the two buildings that will be preserved.
File photo

Several buildings along Main Street across from Louisville Slugger Field have sat empty for more than a quarter of a century. Graffiti decorates the walls inside and outside of the complex, which state officials have deemed contaminated.

The buildings also stand in the way of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Kentucky officials are now celebrating the first "visual step" that shows the $2.6 billion bridge project is moving forward, despite several bureaucratic processes that have yet to play out.

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Education
9:23 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Task Force to Study Teacher Retention

A task force created by the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence will meet at the end of this week to begin a year-and-a-half effort to address how to retain an effective teaching workforce in Kentucky.

The Pritchard Committee Team on Teacher Effectiveness will include nearly 30 members made up of legislators, education professionals and other advisors.

The panel will look more broadly at policy issues preventing retention of strong teachers, said Cindy Heine, Pritchard’s associate director.

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Local News
7:37 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Amazon Sets Up in Kentuckiana for Quick Delivery

While online retailer Amazon prepares to open a major distribution center in Southern Indiana, some say the company could soon begin offering customers in the Louisville region same-day delivery.

Until recently, Amazon has avoided charging sales tax to customers in many states where it had no physical presence. Now, the company has given into that fight and has made deals in states like Indiana to begin charging that tax in the next couple years.

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