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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Local News
11:28 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Crisis Response Team Seeks Volunteers

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt is co-chair of Louisville's violence prevention work group.

 

Volunteers are being asked to join the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team as part of Louisville’s new violence prevention initiative.

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Business
1:54 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

U of L Approved for State's Largest TIF District

U of L's Belknap TIF is over 900 acres.

 

Kentucky’s economic development cabinet has granted final approval for a special taxing district near the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus.  

The over 900-acre tax increment financing district is the largest ever approved by the state.   The TIF program will allow U of L to keep a portion of state and local taxes generated within the district.

U of L President James Ramsey says the district will help finance an engineering and applied sciences research park, much like the healthcare facilities developed in the downtown TIF district.

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Healthcare
1:32 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Federal Healthcare Law and Kentucky Medicaid, Youth

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul law, known as the Affordable Care Act, could extend Medicaid to 300,000 more Kentuckians if the state decides to accept the terms laid out in the law.

The court ruled the federal government cannot withhold Medicaid funds to states that choose not to implement rules under the ACA, but if states choose to increase the poverty level for eligibility to 133 percent, the federal government will support them.

Kevin Russell from scotusblog.com explains:

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

More JCPS Schools Participate in Fresh Produce Program

Under the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program students are offered fresh produce three times a week.

Several Jefferson County elementary schools will continue participating in the fresh produce program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture next school year.

JCPS has taken part in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program(FFVP) since 2008, according to district officials.  Schools participating in the program offer students fresh produce three times a week.

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Business
12:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

General Electric Expands Production of New Refrigerators

Zenobia Williams, a production employee, works on the French door bottom-freezer refrigerator doors.
Courtesy of GE

General Electric is hiring more employees than expected to manufacture its new bottom-freezer refrigerator at Louisville's Appliance Park.

GE officials previously announced a total of 600 production line employees would build the new product.  The company currently employs around 400 workers on the first shift, according to spokeswoman Kim Freeman. When the second shift begins later this summer, a total of 772 employees will be working on the appliance, she said.

The addition of 172 production line employees is a testament to the product, said Freeman.

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Local News
10:34 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Kentuckiana's Summer Jobs Program Meets Goal

KentuckianaWorks administers the Summer Works youth jobs program.

Louisville's Summer Works job program has met its $1 million goal to employ up to 400 young workers this summer.

The program, which pays youth to work at various non-profits and public agencies around the county, is administered though KentuckianaWorks, the Workforce Investment Board for the Greater Louisville region.

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Education
12:58 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

JCPS Teachers Receive Raises, Central Staff Pay Freezes

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved pay raises for teachers and support staff while freezing the salaries of central and school-based administrative staff.

The board voted Monday night on Superintendent Donna Hargens’ recommendation not to increase administrative salaries, including principals and counselors. Teachers, bus drivers and clerks will receive a 1 percent raise, down from the 2.5 percent raise all staff received last year.

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Education
11:47 am
Tue June 26, 2012

JCPS Board Chair Imhoff Steps Aside, Porter to Lead

 

Jefferson County Board of Education chairman Steve Imhoff has  stepped aside for the remaining few months of his term.

The chair position, and leader of the seven member JCPS board, will be vice-chair Diane Porter. Imhoff is one of three board members retiring from his duties at the end of this year. Imhoff, who works as an attorney, said the three trials he has over the next six months is the primary reason for his decision and he said Porter is well qualified for the position.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

U of L Begins Road to New Research Park

 

University of Louisville officials are continuing plans to develop a research park near the Belknap Campus.

In a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday, the project--located just North of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium--was unveiled and includes a new road and two bridges that will connect the research facilities with the rest of campus.

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Education
1:17 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Local Business Supports JCPS Principal Development

 

Several Jefferson County Public Schools principals will begin workshops this week in an effort to improve their leadership skills.

The program called Leadership Institute for School Principals was offered last year by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation as a pilot project. Principals participate in workshops offered by the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina. This year, the program is fully funded at $9,000 per principal by local businesses.

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