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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Arts
7:39 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Forecastle Festival, Start Your Engines (Amps)

Rain or shine—thousands of music fans will file through the gates at Waterfront Park for the 10th annual Forecastle Festival this weekend, which is expected to draw the largest crowd in its history.

Thirty-five thousand people are estimated to attend Forecastle through Sunday, according to festival officials. The event features some of the largest names in the music industry including Louisville’s My Morning Jacket, which will headline the festival Sunday night.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Volunteering Helps Louisville Metro Animal Services

Despite record breaking heat this month, the number of calls to Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) has remained steady, and agency officials say community outreach efforts may be partly responsible.

The agency still receives most of its calls on hot summer days, said Margaret Brosco with LMAS rescue, foster and adoption services. 

“In the first 10 days of July we received 656 calls for service which is huge," she said.

Brosco said LMAS receives nearly 2,000 calls a month. But this year calls are down when compared to sample months in 2011.

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Local News
10:56 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Derby, Oaks Horse Samples Cleared of Painkillers

Five of the 20 Kentucky Derby entries were tested in the sample.
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No traces of a powerful painkiller were found in sample testing from horses running in this year's Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

That’s according to a report this week from state horse racing regulators.

Kentucky recently began testing race horses for dermorphin, a substance more powerful than morphine. It follows a recent outbreak of positive tests for the substance at Louisiana tracks, resulting in suspensions for several trainers.

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Local News
5:15 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Teams Bid For Indiana's First Exit North of East End Bridge

Ohio River Bridges Project

Six Indiana teams have submitted bids  to help develop the first exit north of the East End Bridge.

This is the first contract for Indiana’s portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. 

The $2.6 billion project is being split between the two states. Kentucky is responsible for rebuilding Spaghetti Junction and building a new northbound I-65 bridge. Indiana will build an East End Bridge.

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Education
4:31 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Judge Shows Falsehoods May Have Led to Decker College Closing

A vendetta against the CEO of a former for-profit college in Louisville may have forced the school’s closure, but a federal court ruling released this week may have opened the door for the college to recoup millions of dollars lost in bankruptcy.

In 2004 the Atlanta-based Council on Occupational Education approved accreditation for three new technical programs—carpentry, electrician and HVAC—at Decker College. The programs included distant, or online, learning in its applications.

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Local News
12:30 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Appeals Court Denies Further Delays in Releasing Child Abuse Documents

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has denied a request from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that would further prevent the release of certain child abuse records.

Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered the Cabinet to release nearly 180 case documents earlier this year. The Cabinet released some documents but redacted information that could be useful in determining whether the agency is operating appropriately.

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Local News
11:10 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Deaf Passenger Alleges Mistreatment at Louisville International Airport

Updated at 5:38: The TSA's official response:

“TSA has not been contacted by this passenger. TSA is conducting a thorough review to determine what, if anything, occurred.  TSA holds its employees to high standards and is committed to treating all passengers, including those with disabilities, with respect and courtesy at all times. The agency works with a coalition of more than 70 disability-related groups to better understand the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities and medical conditions.”

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Environment
12:24 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

City Launches First of Several Recycling Projects

Large recycling cans will replace many orange bins later this year in a pilot program.

Louisville Metro Government employees will begin participating in the city’s first recycling project created through a $4.8 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Monday to replace the trash cans at all Metro Government employees’ desks with recycling bins by year’s end.

“If we’re telling people they need to be more sustainable and they need to recycle more, certainly city government should be a model for that as well," Fischer said shortly before signing the order.

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Healthcare
1:43 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Report: Kentucky Benefits Most With Medicaid Expansion

A 2010 report prepared for Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured by Washington D.C.’s Urban Institute shows the commonwealth could have the largest decrease rate of uninsured people in the nation under the Affordable Care Act.

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Local News
12:04 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Jeffersonville Approves Fixed-Rate Summer Sewage Bills

Jeffersonville residents can now receive a fixed rate for wastewater, or sewage, bills until the end of summer.

The city’s three-member sewer board adopted the policy Thursday to alleviate the high costs from extra water usage during hot days. Customers that sign up for the new wastewater billing program will pay $61.04 a month.

“If people don’t come down and sign up for this they won’t get it. So people have to come down and sign this piece of paper in order to get the relief," said Mayor Mike Moore.

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