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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Education
5:23 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

5 JCPS Schools Among State's Top 10, Report Says

Five Louisville schools are among the state's best according to U.S. News & World Report's “Best High Schools” list:

• DuPont Manual: #1
• Brown School: #2
• Ballard: #6
• Eastern: #8
• Louisville Male: #9

Manual and Brown are the only Kentucky schools ranked among the top 200 nationally. Ballard, Eastern, and Male are ranked among the top 1,000 nationally.

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Business
5:22 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

More Facts and Figures on Kentucky’s Tourism Industry

Following up on a story we ran earlier this week regarding Kentucky’s 2011 tourism economic impact numbers, here are a few other facts and figures that may be of interest, provided by the Cabinet for Tourism, Arts and Heritage:

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Education
5:20 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Latinos Join 55,000 Degrees Initiative: Behold 1500 Latinos

 

Louisville’s Latino population is hoping to tackle its portion of the city’s 55,000 Degrees program.

The Behold 1500 Latinos program kicks off Wednesday night, where speakers will share how Jefferson County’s Latino population can overcome “barriers that hinder post-secondary participation.”

The 55,000 Degrees initiative aims to improve education in Louisville by inspiring and supporting 55,000 new college graduates. Last year, the Urban League of Louisville announced that 15,000 of those new graduates will be African-American. Now the Behold 1500 Latinos initiative is doing the same for the county’s fastest-growing population.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Churchill Inc. Says Online Wagers Contributed to First Quarter Earnings

 

Officials with Churchill Downs Incorporated say increased Internet wagering has boosted first quarter earnings. CDI gained $1.3 million in the first three months of this year.

CDI officials say because of the lack of live racing days it’s common to see losses in first quarter earnings, but CDI’s Chief Financial Officer Bill Mudd said there has been a 5 percent increase in wagering nationwide and CDI has always been ahead of the game.

“If you look at what we’ve done historically, we’ve been out performing the industry by about 10 percentage points,” said Mudd.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Jefferson Leads Counties In Tourism Dollars Spent

 

Kentucky officials are touting an increase in tourism in the past year. A new report shows that last year the economic impact of tourism increased 3 percent, to nearly $11.7 billion.

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Education
3:13 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

For-Profit, Online Schools Enroll Large Number of Students

 

For the first time, Kentucky has released enrollment numbers for online and for-profit colleges and the results are surprising to the Council on Post-Secondary Education.

“I did not realize that it was enrolling about as many students as our traditional independent institutions we look at," said Heidi Hiemstra, the council’s vice president of research.

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Education
2:34 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Greater Clark Interviews Five to Replace Superintendent Daeschner

 

Candidates looking to become the next Superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools are being interviewed this week.

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Winner of 138th Kentucky Derby
9:27 am
Mon May 7, 2012

"I'll Have Another" Wins Kentucky Derby

In a last minute move to the finish I'll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby, upsetting a top contender who held the lead most of the race.

"It's beyond belief," said trainer Doug O'Neill after the race. "Somebody asked me earlier in the week what would it be like to win the Kentucky Derby. I used Bubba Watson's quote when he won the Masters: I never dreamt this far. I never in a million years thought we could do this," he said.

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PARC looks for parking violators
9:22 am
Mon May 7, 2012

All Vehicles Now Scanned For Parking Violations

PARC will begin scanning every car downtown looking for parking scofflaws.

The Parking Authority of River City will begin enforcing its new policy on parking scofflaws Monday.

PARC officials will now scan every car that’s parked downtown. If the vehicle owner has three or more unpaid parking tickets, the vehicle will receive an immobilizing boot, even if the car is legally parked at the time.

PARC director Cathy Duncan says revenue picked up last week from drivers wanting to settle claims before the new policy takes effect.

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Sports
12:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

University of Kentucky, Indiana University Basketball Rivalry Ends

 

Indiana University is ending a decades-long basketball rivalry with the University of Kentucky after a disagreement about where future games should be played.

IU athletic director Fred Glass sent a statement Thursday saying the Hoosiers would no longer play the Wildcats during the regular season after it was suggested the two teams meet at neutral off-site locations for the games.

But UK officials said these were the terms of a verbal agreement after Indiana’s loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Championships.

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