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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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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Local News
11:10 am
Thu May 3, 2012

KET Says Younger Audience, Men Contribute to Ratings Increase


Kentucky Educational Television (KET) officials say a younger audience is behind significant ratings increases in the latest year-over-year Neilsen statistics.

“A lot people, sometimes, they start watching PBS or KET during Sesame Street and then they drop out until their 60s. So we’re really encouraged a younger audience is coming in," said Craig Cornwell, KET's programming director.

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Local News
9:23 am
Thu May 3, 2012

State Responds to Medicaid Operator Ending Contract


This is an update to an earlier story.

The commissioner of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services says CoventryCares cannot end its contract this Friday with a major Eastern Kentucky healthcare provider.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

U.S. Attorneys Investigate Humana's Southern Florida Healthcare Providers


The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating some of Humana’s southern Florida affiliates and providers for possible violations of Medicare regulations.

In Humana’s annual report, it says since January, U.S. attorneys have requested information from Humana and some southern Florida affiliates for alleged violations to the coding of medical claims and loans to physicians.

In the report, Humana says it currently has its own ongoing investigation in Florida and has willingly updated the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Medicaid Issues Discussed, healthcare
1:15 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Managed Care Operators Struggle Early, Kentucky Spirit Loses Members


A federal judge has ordered Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider and one of its major Medicaid operators to talk through their issues before appearing in court this week.

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Oldham Chooses New Superintendent
5:06 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Oldham County Taps New Superintendent to Continue Successes


The Oldham County Board of Education has named its replacement for retiring Superintendent Paul Upchurch.

Dr. William Wells is currently an assistant superintendent for Oldham County Schools. Wells has worked in the district since 1996 and was previously a math and science teacher and counselor in Jefferson County Public Schools.

Oldham County is one of the highest performing districts in the state.

Wells told WFPL he’ll try to continue that tradition by focusing on literacy and said this can be accomplished by having good teachers.

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Counselors Approve of Assistant Principals
2:55 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

JCPS Elementary Counselors Approve of Assistant Principal Proposal


The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a plan to add over 70 assistant principals to elementary schools to relieve administrative work-loads that many school counselors were forced to pick up.

"What we did is we took a half a counselor funding away and applied it onto assistant principals," said JCPS board member Linda Duncan.

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12:31 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Kentucky Extends Concussion Training to Middle School Coaches

The map shows which states have created concussion laws.


Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a bill into law, HB281, that extends mandatory concussion training to all coaches involved in inter-scholastic athletics.

Kentucky previously only required high school coaches to undergo training related to preventing and treating common injuries. The Commonwealth now joins 35 other states that have passed some form of state-wide concussion legislation.

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Local News
11:57 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Louisville Entrepreneur Releases Early Version of Public Data App

The Metro Mapper app will bring public data sets to your phone using GPS.


A new app is being developed by a local entrepreneur that could act as a national model for providing relevant public data to users.

The “Your Mapper” app is expected to be available soon.

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Local News
10:09 am
Sun April 29, 2012

Jeffersonville, Clarksville Sites Listed as Endangered

The Jeffersonville Masonic Temple was built by Arthur Loomis.


Two southern Indiana landmarks have been put on a state preservation group’s 10 most endangered landmarks list this year.

They include Jeffersonville’s Masonic Temple (pictured) overlooking Spring Street near Warder Park. The deteriorating structure was built by Jeffersonville native Arthur Loomis and includes carved Masonic symbols in the limestone structure.

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