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
12:29 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Two Vying For JCPS District 4 Seat

Two candidates have filed to run for Jefferson County Public School’s District 4 seat, which is being vacated by Joe Hardesty, who has served on the school board since 1990.

Melissa “Missy” Smith and Lloyd “Chip” White are the latest to file for one of the district’s three seats up for grabs this fall. Steve Imhoff's District 2 seat and Larry Hujo's District 7 seat are also up for grabs this fall.

District 4 covers parts of southwest Louisville.

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Education
1:44 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Four JCPS Schools Carry AP Scores

The U.S. Department of Education will continue funding Advanced Placement tests for Kentucky’s low-income students this school year, but public schools in Jefferson County with the highest passing AP rates also have the lowest number of low-income students.

“In 2010-2011 which is the latest data I have, in Kentucky public schools there were approximately 38,000 AP exams taken," said Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education.

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Local News
1:19 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Churchill Downs Offers Top-Notch Guests New Venue

The library room located in the Mansion.

Churchill Downs officials have announced its $9 million renovation project to create "The Mansion" and will soon offer its preferred guests a chance to enjoy races in luxury.

This is how significant the new space will be: The Mansion is pushing the Gold Room--which serves certain VIPs--down to floor two. But, given the Gold Room is expanding as well it’s not such a bad thing.

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Education
12:58 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jefferson County PTA Membership Down, Leaders Say Parent Engagement Crucial

While local PTA leaders have stressed the importance of parent engagement, membership in Jefferson County’s 15th District PTA has decreased the last three years.

Parent engagement has long been said to be crucial to student success, and local leaders are asking parents to step up participation.

President Cherie Dimar said in the 2009-2010 school year the 15th District PTA—which includes 141 local PTAs—had 55,521 members. The following year there were 47,287 members and last year membership was at 41,514.

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Local News
1:39 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

MSD Board Approves Rate Increase, Complying With EPA

The Metropolitan Sewer District has approved its forth consecutive 6.5 percent rate increase, adding $2.31 to customers' average monthly bill.

MSD is under a federal mandate to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Water Act and is responsible for nearly $850 million of repairs and upgrades to its sewage system.

Spokesman Steve Tedder said the consent decree plan devised by MSD in 2008 calls for rate increases over the next several years.

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Local News
1:27 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Local Food Distributor Grasshoppers Hosts Summit

Over a dozen local food distributors from around the nation will convene in Louisville this week to discuss ways to improve the local food movement.

Louisville-based Grasshoppers Distribution will host the summit. The local food distributor recently earned the confidence and investment to grow its operations, but professionals say there's still work to do before small distributors can compete with larger stores.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

MSD Considers 6.5 Percent Rate Hike, Again

The Metropolitan Sewer District board will consider its annual budget for the next fiscal year as well as a proposed 6.5 percent rate increase during a special session Monday.

Last week, Mayor Greg Fischer announced his support for an MSD, Louisville Water Company merger, which was recommended by a task force earlier this year. The possible savings from merger could be anywhere between $14 million to $24 million, according to an outside audit firm.

MSD director Greg Heitzman says a merger could eventually translate to cost-savings for customers and lower rate increases.

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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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