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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Local News
12:58 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

UPS Announces Plans to Bid on Large USPS Contract

UPS officials say it could be good news for the company’s Louisville Worldport hub if UPS wins a contract with the United States Postal Service next year.

The USPS has had a contract with FedEx to transport certain mail since 2000, but officials announced earlier this year that USPS intends on opening the contract up for bidding.  The contract is worth nearly $1 billion annually.

Both UPS and FedEx officials have announced they plan to place bids when the USPS releases its request for proposals, which could be as early as next month,  said UPS spokesman Norman Black.

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Education
10:30 am
Thu July 19, 2012

JCPS Board Elections Heating Up

More candidates have filed this week for the Jefferson County Board of Education elections including some high-profiled names.

Three of the seven board seats are up for grabs this fall including Joe Hardesty's District 4, Steve Imhoff's District 2 and Larry Hujo's District 7. 

Most recently former Humana chairman David Jones has announced he plans to run for District 2, which covers the Highlands and Crescent Hill among other neighborhoods.

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Education
1:22 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

U of L Law School Makes $2.4 Million Mistake

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law needs to plug a $2.4 million hole after officials gave too much scholarship money to first year incoming students.

Several students were reportedly granted a scholarship they either shouldn’t have been, or the amount the school offered was way too high. It’s unclear at this time why students were given extra  funds, but U of L officials say an internal investigation is looking into the issue.

Students who were awarded the scholarships will still be receiving their awards, said U of L spokesman Mark Hebert.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

JCPS Assistant Principals Back to School

Semple Elementary Principal Danielle Randle says she's feeling the jitters this week being back at school.

Jefferson County Public Schools elementary principals are in class this week prepping for the end of summer vacation, and many are not alone.

Earlier this year, the school board approved the hiring of assistant principals for elementary schools with more than 400 students.

Of the nearly 80 schools eligible, all but a dozen principals have already hired their assistants, who officially begin Wednesday.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Landmarks Ordinance Clears Committee

Opponents of the landmarks changes held signs for the duration of the committee's discussion.

After months of debate, Louisville Metro Council’s Planning and Zoning committee has passed a measure with some compromise that would change the city’s long-standing landmarks process.

The committee approved the measure on a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday after Councilman David Yates, D-25, first introduced the changes in February. 

The ordinance includes the contentious provision of giving Metro Council power to overturn a Landmarks Commission’s decision, but the measure was amended prior to a vote to require a super majority to bring the issue forward.

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Local News
8:17 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Gov. Beshear Establishes Child Fatality Review Panel

Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an executive order to create a 17 member panel that will review child death and near-death cases throughout Kentucky.

"These reviews allow us to see if policies and practices in the entire system need to be altered to better protect Kentucky’s children," Beshear said in a release.

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Local News
11:48 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Ford Recalls 10,000 Escape SUVs

Ford Motor Company is recalling over 10,000 new Escape SUVs that were made in the Louisville Assembly Plant. 

Ford officials say there have been no reported incidences that inspired the recall, but the company will be replacing carpet padding that officials say could get in the way of the brake pedal.

Ford officials told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that dealers will fix the issue at no charge beginning July 23.

The vehicles were built in March and June at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant.

Local News
10:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Council Expects to Vote Landmarks Ordinance From Committee Tuesday

Louisville Metro’s Planning and Zoning Committee will consider two competing ordinances that change the city’s landmarks process on Tuesday.

The current law requires landmarks to be declared through petitions and the city’s appointed Landmarks Commission. Opponents of changing the longstanding ordinance argue “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But several council members have sponsored an ordinance that has a major provision adamantly opposed by several in the preservation and historical communities.

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Local News
5:31 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Jeffersonville Mayor to Discuss Plans for Big Four Approach

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore is asking city residents to give input on design plans for Indiana s approach to the Big Four Bridge, which will likely include mixed-use and recreational developments.

Moore’s vision includes attracting both Jeffersonville and Louisville residents who he believes will be drawn in through the new pedestrian span. He already has a strong design plan in mind and last month he asked the Redevelopment Commission president to step down for not backing it.

The plan includes a residential and commercial development as well as an open air pavilion.

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Local News
3:31 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Personnel Board Opens Richie Farmer Investigation

Farmer was agriculture commissioner between 2004 and 2011.
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Another state agency is investigating alleged abuse under former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s administration. The Kentucky Personnel Board unanimously approved the investigation Friday.

The board’s decision comes after the state auditor’s office released a scathing audit in the spring showing gross abuse by Farmer who served as agriculture commissioner between 2004 and 2011.

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