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Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Freelance reporter and producer Devin Katayama has joined  WFPL News as a general assignment reporter. His hiring is the third addition to the newsroom since March and is part of Louisville Public Media’s strategic plan to fill the growing void in local news.

“Devin’s arrival allows us to deepen local news coverage,” says WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard. “We’re grateful to be expanding our newsroom and directing resources to issues of vital interest to our listeners and to the larger community. We’re also pleased to introduce Devin’s compelling grassroots journalism to Louisville.”

Prior to joining WFPL, Katayama worked with WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s “Worldview” and Vocalo radio service, KQED’s “The California Report,” KBOO 90.7 – Portland Community Radio Station, and He brings an interest in education and a diverse background to Louisville Public Media, including work in emergency medical services, special needs education, and multimedia journalism.

Katayama earned his Masters in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago where he received the Follett Fellowship and the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his thesis on street youth in Chicago. Originally from Northern California, he received a Bachelor of Arts in English at CUNY Hunter College in New York City.


A voluntary survey that Kentucky teachers take every two years is now available online.

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A proposed bill that which would prohibit owning, breeding, training or selling a four-legged animal used for fighting in Kentucky still hasn’t been heard by the full House. The so-called “dog fighting bill” was approved by a committee two weeks ago. It would exempt “activities authorized either by a hunting license or by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.” 

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The passing rate for Kentuckians taking the GED has improved since the national high school equivalency exam underwent changes in 2014, according to Kentucky Adult Education officials.

The test is now more aligned with the Common Core standards that Kentucky and many other states have adopted which are meant to better prepare students for college and career, officials said.


A House committee on Tuesday approved borrowing $3.3 billion to shore up the state’s ailing retirement fund for teachers.

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  As the dropout age increases to 18 for most Kentucky public schools next academic year, the state education department will be closely monitoring its data.

Among the indicators that will be watched is the number of students who opt out for homeschooling.

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Early childhood professionals in Kentucky now have access to a free online resource to help improve their understanding of child development.

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development,

More than $19 million has been awarded to help homeless housing and service programs in Kentucky.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the grants this week. 
The funds will help with services such as street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance.


Half of Kentucky children who entered kindergarten this school year were actually prepared for it.


The Kentucky Department of Education is touting the state’s graduation rate during the 2012-2013 school year, which was above the national average.

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A majority of people report having anxiety and depression during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

Studies show around 64 percent are affected.

Michael Gray is executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Louisville. He says feelings of loneliness, anxiety, tension, depression and fatigue during the holiday season can be related to a number of things.