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
7:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Louisville Hosts American Council of the Blind Conference

Officials for the American Council of the Blind (ACB) say Louisville residents should expect to see more people carrying canes and being accompanied by dogs this week with the start of the organization’s national conference Friday.

Over 1,500 blind and visually impaired individuals are expected to be in Louisville for the conference, which offers updated technologies and policy discussions each year.

Ronald Milliman, council spokesman, said verbal applications that use GPS are a widely used by the visually impaired and one of the new technologies that will be featured.

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Local News
12:48 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Transit Needs Improvements For Disabled Riders

Courtesy of David Holland

A research team at the University of Louisville is trying to improve public transportation for the disabled, and officials expect to conduct a national survey on the issue soon.

Nationwide, there are 2.7 million adult wheelchair and scooter users and that number is expected to rise as baby boomers enter senior years. Dr. Karen Frost has led research efforts at U of L the past several years to study accessibility to public transit for disabled riders.

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Education
2:29 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

JCPS Elementary Principals Receive List of Assistant Principal Candidates

 

Jefferson County Public Schools elementary principals have received a list of candidates they can hire as assistants for next school year and some are eager to begin the process.

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Education
2:07 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two JCPS Elementary Schools Receive Library Grants

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is giving two Jefferson County elementary schools $5,000 grants to support the extension of their library collections and services.

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Local News
6:32 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Former Louisville Occupier Attends Philadelphia Rally

Delegates from all of the country’s congressional districts have been invited to Philadelphia this week to participate in a rally addressing concerns similar to the Occupy movement.

Continental Congress 2.0 was created out of an Occupy workgroup, said former Occupy Louisville member Pam Newman, but is considered separate from the national Occupy movement

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Education
5:46 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Work Begins For New Greater Clark Superintendent

Melin begins work on July 2.

Greater Clark County Schools' new superintendent, Dr. Andy Melin, will begin work this week replacing Stephen Daeschner who was hired in 2009 and oversaw significant progress in student achievement.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

VA Chooses Brownsboro Hospital Location

The "Midlands" or Brownsboro Road site is the VA's chosen location.

The Veterans Administration will soon purchase nearly 36 acres along Brownsboro Road to build its new medical center.

VA officials were previously considering two sites for the new hospital, which is expected to be at least 800,000 square feet, and had approved environmental studies for each. The announcement this week that the VA has made its final selection comes with assurance from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki that the VA will continue monitoring issues affecting area residence.

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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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