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
11:24 am
Sat November 30, 2013

U of L Reconsiders Nucleus Innovation Park Master Plan Following I-65 Bridge Construction

Construction of a temporary surface parking lot is underway.

Construction of the new I-65 bridge has forced the University of Louisville to reconsider its master plan for the downtown Nucleus Innovation Park. Officials are now determining where buildings should be constructed with respect to the bridge’s placement.

In March, U of L expects to break ground on a parking garage somewhere on the block at East Market and Floyd streets. That's where will sit the innovation park that will serve more new businesses currently specializing in aging care.

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Education
1:36 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

JCPS School Board Members Getting More Complaints About Classroom Behavior

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Some Jefferson County school board members say they’ve received more calls this year than in the past regarding disruptive classroom behavior—and board members are concerned the district’s discipline policy is being interpreted differently by principals.

“By no means am I getting lots and lots of concerns, but I’m getting more this year than I have ever had before from parents about students in a number of schools, in a number of kinds of situations,” says board member Debbie Wesslund, who represents neighborhoods in the East End.

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Local News
10:53 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Kentucky Vehicle Exports Top Last Year's Record

Kentucky exports are on a record pace this year, and vehicle exports are already at an all-time high.  

Through the first nine months of the year, the commonwealth’s vehicle exports were up over 40 percent.

Gov. Steve Beshear says the state exported more than $3 billion worth of vehicles through September and will likely top $4 billion by year's end.

Beshear says that translates into more jobs and a stronger state economy.The previous record for vehicle exports was $2.7 billion, set last year.

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Education
2:37 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

KET Recieves $1.14 Million To Grow Early Childhood Resources

A group of children sit in front of the television at Louisville Central Community Center’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center.

“What colors can you make?” the television asks.

Early childhood educators use the program as a prompt. The children then mix colored liquid into bags that contain plain dough-like material that will soon become yellow. Then green, when they drop in blue liquid.

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Education
1:09 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

JCPS Helps Pay For Study Showing Kentucky Public Education Is Underfunded

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Kentucky’s largest school district has agreed to help pay for a study that backers say will  prove the state’s public education system is underfunded.

More than 100 school boards have approved funds for the Council for Better Education’s study. Nearly every Kentucky school district is represented by the council, which asked its members to voluntarily help cover the costs.

The Jefferson County Board of Education agreed Monday night to spend around $21,000 toward the study. 

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Food & Drink Week
11:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Non-Kentucky Micro-Distilleries Could Help Define What Comes After Bourbon

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Manager Nick Reifsteck looks at the stash of bourbons at Old Town Wine and Spirits in Louisville; there’s a wall full of brown liquor.

How many bourbons would you say you carry here at Old Town? I ask.

"I don’t know, a couple hundred. I don’t know, I’ve never counted them," he says.

Reifsteck points to only a few from out of state, but says there are more now than ever before.

“A lot of these boutique brands. They don’t even distill or age their own bourbons. They buy from other distillers and they label them however they want," he says.

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Education
9:29 am
Tue November 26, 2013

JCPS Halts Redesign Of Shawnee High, Considering Principal Applicants

Jefferson County Public Schools has halted plans to redesign one if its lowest performing high schools.

    

The Academy at Shawnee was among a few schools expected to undergo major changes to help turn around student achievement. Plans included extending class time and the school year and redesigning school management that would have placed leadership under a provost.

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Education
12:27 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Says Student Equity Needs Community Response, Releases 'Equity Scorecards'

A group of community, city and school leaders discuss how JCPS can be more equitable.

Dozens of community leaders and educators formed groups Monday morning at the Jefferson County Public Schools district office and discussed how the community and schools can better support student equity.

This isn’t a project, officials promised.

Instead, JCPS hopes ‘equity scorecard’—which measure student and school disparities in the district through data and surveys—can be a catalyst to improve inequity in public school culture and data.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Board Considers Helping To Fund Education Cost Study

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider chipping in to help fund a study which aims to show how Kentucky’s new education reforms are underfunded.

“The study is going to reveal, I just think, the whole entire picture. So I believe that’s important information for all of us to have,” says JCPS school board member Linda Duncan.

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Education
4:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

JCPS Hosts Equity Summit, Asks Public To Help Solve Existing Disparities

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The Jefferson County school district is asking the public to join the discussion on how local education can be more equitable.

Jefferson County Public Schools will release its equity scorecard data to the public Monday morning, which will highlight where schools should direct resources to close achievement gaps and to provide equal opportunities for all students.

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