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. 

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Local News
12:53 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Louisville Clock Scheduled to Move Downtown Sunday


The Louisville Clock is expected to move to its new permanent location at Theater Square this Sunday, ahead of next week’s Kentucky Derby.

The clock, sometimes referred to as the Derby Clock, features mechanical horses running around a track. It has been out of commission for years, but private funds were donated to save the 35-year old timepiece designed by local artist Barney Bright.

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1:59 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Bluegrass Boardwalk Sets 10-year Goals


The Bluegrass Boardwalk group has been granted preliminary approval for state tax incentives this week, bringing the amusement park one step closer to opening.

The group is owned by Indiana’s Koch family, which also operates Holiday World in Indiana. The Kentucky State Fair Board agreed to lease the former Kentucky Kingdom property to the Koch’s earlier this year.

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4:43 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Louisville Parent Meets President Obama


A Jefferson County parent will meet President Barack Obama Thursday in recognition of parent engagement in children's education.

Myrdin Thompson is a mother of three and an active PTA member who was chosen last year to be a member of Champions of Change, which is Mr. Obama’s campaign to recognize outstanding individuals from educators to entrepreneurs. The small group of 12 champions will help celebrate the one year anniversary of the campaign.

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Eastern Kentucky Health Provider Sues
2:26 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Eastern Kentucky Provider Sues to Maintain Adequate Healthcare Protection


Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider is suing the state and two major managed care operators (MCO) for failing to provide adequate care under the new privatized Medicaid system.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare, which provides a majority of the healthcare services to eastern Kentucky (locations noted on map), may soon lack adequate protection against high medical costs.

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9:26 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Local Students Support World Immunizations

A map from the World Health Organization shows immunization coverage with measles-containing vaccines in infants.


A handful of Jefferson County Public Schools students are walking today in support of World Immunization Week.

The campaign targets the estimated 1.7 million children that will die this year from diseases that have “all but disappeared in the U.S.”  One in five children around the world do not have access to the life-saving immunizations needed to survive, according to the Shot@Life website. The map above shows data from the World Health Organization (WHO) on immunization coverage with measles-containing vaccines in infants.

The “World Immunization Week” is a campaign led by WHO, and along with it the Shot@Life campaign is launching this week to raise awareness of immunization issues affecting other countries.

As Time Magazine reports, while some diseases like measles have increased in areas of the world, deaths by measles has actually declined the past decade.

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1:57 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Lawmakers Support Career and Technical Education, Minus Funding


A new law supporting Kentucky’s career and technical education programs lacks the proper funding to take effect, but education officials say the legislation shows the state’s support for making students college and career ready.

The "career pathways" bill, Senate Bill 38, is supposed to set new rigorous parameters for the state’s career and technical education (CTE) programs.

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1:22 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Council Approves Tuition Increase for Higher Education


The Council on Postsecondary Education has approved a six percent tuition increase for the universities of Louisville and Kentucky.

It also capped tuition at four percent for community colleges system and five percent for the state’s comprehensive universities. These rate increases will result in over $40 million for the institutions but schools are still expected to accrue deficits due to cuts to the state budget and rising maintenance costs.

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