Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama joined WFPL News in summer 2011. He adds to the newsroom a diverse perspective having lived and reported in major cities across the U.S. and spending time in Peru reporting on human trafficking. Devin earned the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Scholarship Award for his report on homeless youth in Chicago. He reports on education affairs in Kentucky and Indiana.

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Society
9:20 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Military Suicides Have Spiked in Kentucky in Recent Years

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 6:01 am

Suicides among Kentucky veterans and active military service members have increased the past several years. In many cases, those who have died never sought help through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Society
12:37 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Peaceful Protest Planned for Downtown Louisville Following Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson Shooting

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 11:19 am

Louisville community activists have organized a peaceful protest for this evening following a grand jury's decision to not indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed African-American 18-year-old.

More than 300 people have replied that they plan to attend the Louisville event, which is planned for 5 p.m. outside of Louisville Metro Police headquarters at Seventh and Jefferson streets in downtown Louisville.

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Education
3:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Kentucky Wants Child Care Centers Rated For Quality

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:01 am

Kentucky child care programs that accept Child Care Assistance Program subsidies must begin participating in a rating system by mid-August 2015, according to the state agency that provides oversight for the programs.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services said in a release that this should help improve quality child care across the state.

But some say they've jumped the gun.

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Sports
10:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Louisville City Soccer Team Names a President

Djorn Buchholz will be Louisville City FC's first team president.

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:54 pm

Louisville’s new soccer team, Louisville City FC, has announced hiring its first president.

Djorn Buchholz has 13 years of soccer executive experience, including management and fan engagement positions. He’s worked with soccer clubs in Indiana, Minnesota and Texas, according to a release sent by the soccer clubs PR team.

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Education
12:13 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Q&A: Ken Ham Isn't Out to 'Change Bill Nye's Heart' During Creation/Evolution Debate in Kentucky

Ken Ham

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 6:02 pm

The highly publicized debate scheduled for Tuesday in Northern Kentucky between Creation Museum president Ken Ham and  science educator/television personality Bill Nye has sparked critics from both sides.  

Some scientists argue that Nye should not engage the topic of creationism; others say Ham needs the the press to raise money for the development of a Bible-themed amusement park.

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Education
7:22 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Kentucky's Higher Education Leadership Wants Money, Official 'Less Confident' It Will Be Received

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 3:30 pm

Kentucky state university presidents have signed a letter requesting more money for higher education, but one leading official is "less confident" it will receive attention this budget session.

The letter, sent to state legislators, was signed by all eight state university presidents and the community and technical college system president.

(Read the letter here)

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Education
7:31 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Presidents Of Kentucky's Two Largest Universities Oppose Israeli Academic Boycott

University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto blogged about his opposition to the Israeli academic boycott this week.

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 5:04 pm

The presidents of Kentucky’s two largest universities have joined opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association.

The ASA National Council recommended its members pass a resolution to boycott Israeli colleges and universities, which they did last month.  The resolution takes an "ethical stance" on Israel’s policies against Palestine.

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Education
3:17 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

GED Test Gets A Makeover, All Unfinished Tests Nullified

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 11:02 am

Kentuckians who have not finished their GED exams will have to take all four parts of the test over when the test is updated in January.

It’s the first time in nearly a decade the GED Testing Service has updated the exam, which is taken to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.The last date to have completed the test before the update was Dec. 18.  

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Education
6:30 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Kentucky Education Group Says New Teachers Need More Supports

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 3:54 pm

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has presented its recommendations to lawmakers on how to improve teacher quality in Kentucky.

Prichard is an education think-tank that worked for over a year on the recommendations, which include finding ways to recruit new teachers to replace aging Baby Boomers and supporting equitable disbursement of new teachers among poor and better performing schools.

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Education
2:53 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

School Tax Revenue Varies Widely Between Rich And Poor Districts

  A non-partisan economic policy group has released a report showing large gaps in per-student funding among school districts that approved tax increases this year.

Around half of Kentucky school boards approved the maximum 4 % property tax increase to help fund public schools. That's partly because the state hasn’t raised per-pupil funding for a number of years. 

The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy paper shows that some districts like Southgate Independent Schools in northern Kentucky will receive an additional $200 more per student through property taxes. While other districts like Bath County, in eastern Kentucky, will only receive $24 more per student.

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