Devin Katayama (KPR)

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 PRX.org. 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.

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Education
5:15 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kentucky's Grad Rates Improve

Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday are celebrating early results of the state’s education assessments.  The pair joined in Frankfort Tuesday to announce the highest high school graduation rate in recent state history.

That rate is 86 percent, up from 78 percent last year. The state is also using a more accurate graduation rate formula. 

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Education
9:21 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Beshear Plans to Override Rejection of Science Standards

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  A Kentucky legislative committee has rejected new science standards for public school students, but Gov. Steve Beshear now says he’ll use his power to implement the standards anyway.

During the public comment period this year, some  criticized the new standards for including evolution and climate change, saying they believe they’re inferior to Kentucky’s current standards. Some lawmakers were under pressure from  constituents, saying they’ve received hundreds of comments opposing the standards.

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Education
9:49 am
Mon September 9, 2013

KY Legislators Hold Charter School Public Hearing

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A Kentucky legislative education committee will hold a public hearing on charter schools this week.  The request came from the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was created by its chairman, Hal Heiner, this year. 

Heiner says for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature and House Democrats on  the education committee have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing. 

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Business
4:17 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Norton, University of Louisville Continue Arguments

Officials with  Norton Healthcare have rejected the University of Louisville’s request that they end their recently announced pediatric services partnership with University of Kentucky Healthcare.

University of Louisville’s health care entity  partners with Norton, which owns Kosair Children’s Hospital. The hospital sits on state-owned land and under state rules it  must be used for the benefit of U of L and the citizens of the Commonwealth.

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Education
2:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Education Committee To Hold Hearing On Charter School Reform

A Kentucky legislative education committee will hold a public hearing on charter schools next week.

The request came from the Kentucky Charter Schools Association, which was created by its chairman, Hal Heiner, this year. Heiner said for the past three years charter school legislation has been rejected by the state legislature. He said House Democrats on  the education committee have refused to give charter schools a fair hearing.

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Society
11:36 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Frankfort Becomes Fifth Kentucky City To Pass 'Fairness Ordinance'

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Kentucky’s capital city has become the fifth in the state to pass a fairness ordinance, protecting individuals from discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on sexual orientation.

Thursday morning's vote by Frankfort’s Board of Commissioners was split 3-2, but some say there was never a question of whether it would pass.

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Business
6:44 am
Wed August 28, 2013

U of L Issues Demands After Norton Announcement

The University of Louisville has issued a list of demands for Norton Healthcare over the company's decision to jointly operate Kosair Children's Hospital with the University of Kentucky. U of L argues that Norton has violated an agreement by allowing the partnership, and Attorney General Jack Conway is expected to release an opinion soon.

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Education
3:01 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Several Kentucky School Districts Start Semester With 'Race To The Top' Support

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Twenty-two Kentucky school districts have started the school year with new programs funded by one of the largest federal Race to the Top grants recently awarded. Officials say the $41 million  in grants will be used to support additional staff, including college and career counselors, teacher coaches and for professional development. The school districts are part of the Ohio Valley and Green River Regional Education Cooperatives. They include regions in central and northern Kentucky. Alica Sells is a spokeswoman for the group. She said Kentucky educators anticipate the effects of the program to extend beyond the four-year grant.

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Education
7:07 am
Tue July 23, 2013

U of L, UK Partnership Creates MBA Program

Kentucky’s two largest public universities are developing a new program that will allow students to earn a degree issued by both schools. The Master of Business Administration program is being targeted to  established executives in the region.

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Government
7:45 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Child Death Review Panel Meets

Kentucky’s child abuse and fatality panel is meeting today  to continue its work reviewing 55  cases. It's the first time the panel will meet since becoming required under state law.

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