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
8:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Child Abuse Center Combines Public, Private Services

 

Officials with Louisville’s Family and Children’s Place will break ground this week on a new social services center for children who have been sexually abused.

The center is based on a national model that combines private and public services under one roof, said President Dan Fox. It will serve as the starting point for investigations and children seeking help, he said.

The effort is meant to reduce the trauma on the child.

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Education
12:23 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

UofL Offering Car-Sharing Program in Fall

Registered participants will have access to Toyota Corollas.

 

The University of Louisville has partnered with Enterprise to provide a car-sharing program that will offer faulty and students a low-cost transportation option next school year. 

The company’s We-Car program will allow participants to pick up a Toyota Corolla for an hour, a day or a weekend, said John Drees, spokesman for the University of Louisville.

“Members will have access to these cars at any time. You sign up for time slots, but it’s a 24/7 365 day a year operation," he said.

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Local News
10:51 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Arena Authority Chooses Manager for KFC YUM! Center

Los Angeles based AEG Worldwide has been chosen to enter into contract negotiations with the Arena Authority.
Amanda Donhoff WFPL

The new manager of the KFC YUM! Center will likely be a familiar partner.

The Arena Authority’s executive committee has chosen Los Angeles’s AEG Worldwide to enter into contract negotiations and replace the Kentucky State Fair Board. The company already books events in the center, which Arena Authority Chairman Larry Hayes said was a major reason for its selection.

The Arena Authority chose to disconnect from the state fair board earlier this year after a consulting firm said the state’s operating costs were high.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

VA Could Decide New Hospital Site Soon

The preferred "Midlands" location would need road modifications to relieve traffic.

 

The Veterans Administration is primed to purchase over 35 acres of property on Brownsboro Road to build a new VA hospital, and officials say that decision could be made in the coming weeks.

Environmental impact studies have been finalized for the two locations under consideration for the over 800,000 square foot facility. One location under consideration is near Factory Lane in eastern Jefferson County.

The preferred Brownsboro Road location plan, also called the Midlands Development, would build the hospital on nearly 36 acres near the I-264 interchange.

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Education
4:02 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

U.S. Chamber Reports Kentucky Higher Ed Needs Improvements

The report shows Kentucky's two-year schools rank among the nation's best for cost-effectiveness.

 

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce report rates Kentucky’s higher education system below the national average in cost versus benefit.

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce put out its Leaders & Leggards report showing Kentucky’s four-year institutions cost more than the national median,  but they have a lower graduation rate than other schools.

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Local News
2:51 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Bridges Project Passes Major Hurdle

A picture of the East End approach.
Artist's Rendering Bridges Authority

 

The Federal Highway Administration approved the bi-state authority’s record of decision for the Ohio River Bridges Project Wednesday, while Kentucky officials say questions over tolls and a pending lawsuit will not stand in the way of construction. 

“We got by the biggest hurdle today," said Gary Valentine, project manager with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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Education
1:22 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Community and Technical Schools Increase Tuition, Approve Staff Raises

 

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) board has approved a tuition increase and raises for full-time staff for next year.

The state’s Council on Post-Secondary Education still needs to grant final approval this Thursday, but the KCTCS is within the council’s four percent tuition cap.

In-state students will now pay $140 per credit hour. For students living in contiguous counties to Kentucky that amount will be $280 and nearly $500 for all other out-of-state students.

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Education
1:03 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Group Will Discuss JCPS Disciplinary Practices

African American non-special education students made up 33 percent of the enrollment. White students made up 51 percent.

Residents, child advocacy groups, and Jefferson County Public Schools officials will attend a meeting Tuesday night to discuss the district’s disciplinary practices, which have been called into question in the past year.

JCPS is one of the top districts in the state that disproportionately disciplines minority and disability students, according University of Kentucky report based on 2008-2009 data. 

Of the top 10 districts that show disproportionate ratios, JCPS is the only one that hasn’t adequately changed its policy, said attorney Leslie Jones with the independent state agency Kentucky Protection and Advocacy.

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Education
6:42 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Report: Achievement Gaps Higher in East End

The Bluegrass Institute has released a report showing the largest achievement gaps in Jefferson County Public Schools occur in classrooms in the eastern part of the county.

The policy group created the report for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), which is urging lawmakers to approve charter schools. Charters were rejected by the General Assembly this past legislative session, but some believe the issue made progress.

“Let’s bring somebody into this state that has a proven record that will make a difference with our children,” said Pastor Jerry Stephenson, Louisville's BAEO coordinator. The current education system isn’t working and the despair of the education system can be seen in the violence in certain West Louisville neighborhoods, he said.

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Local News
11:59 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Local Entrepreneurs Develop Public Data App

The "Your Mapper" app is now available for free at the iTunes store.

 

Local developers have introduced an iPhone application that gives users access to reams of public data.

Michael Schnuerle and Eric Roland are co-creators of  the  “Your Mapper” app. Like Schnuerle's website of the same name, the app allows users to see public data on everything from home foreclosures, pollution emissions and political contributions by address. 

“So if you’re in Old Louisville you can see the crime that happened there the day before or the week before, you can go back in time too," said Schnuerle.

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