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
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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Society
10:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

KY among 6 states in new program to drive health costs down

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Kentucky is one of six states along with Puerto Rico that will participate in a program to help drive down medical costs by targeting frequent healthcare system users.  Staff from the National Governors Association and other experts will help train officials from participating states to develop a plan for super-utilizers. These are patients who may benefit from less costly, more appropriate treatment elsewhere.

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Poverty
12:35 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ky. Kids Living in Poverty at All-Time High

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  Kentucky has improved its overall rating in an annual report measuring the well-being of children around the country. But the number of Kentucky kids living in poverty is at an all-time high.

Terry Brooks is executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. He says last year was the first time ever the commonwealth had to say more than one in four children are living in poverty. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Data Book shows that rate has slightly increased to 27 percent. But Brooks says if you add up all the indicators including health, economic well-being, education and community, the state is ranked 34th, which is the best rating it’s had over the last decade.

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Education
11:48 am
Mon March 25, 2013

State Financial Aid Officials to Decide Which Students Get Help

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Officials with the agency overseeing Kentucky’s college financial aid expect to figure out how many students will be receiving benefits in the next week. The state doles out nearly $100 million in financial aid annually, but that money is on a first come first served basis.

More than 80,000 students in Kentucky who are eligible for state financial aid will not receive it. Officials say that number has both positive and negative meanings.

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Education
8:07 am
Mon January 28, 2013

KY School Safety Subcommittee Meeting

Kentucky’s temporary subcommittee on school safety has met for the second time and heard testimony Friday that supported arming teachers with guns. KPR's Devin Katayama reports while the panel doesn’t support the option, it does want to include a wide range of ways to improve school safety.

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Business
3:49 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Deal Encouraged By City Leaders; Tourism Bureau Commits $100,000 for 5 Years

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 5:02 pm

Mayor Greg Fischer says negotiations to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park are close to completion, but the parties involved remain silent about a possible lease.

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Science
2:13 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Corpses Visit Kentucky Science Center in New Exhibit 'Body Worlds Vital'

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:31 pm

You walk into a dark room in the Kentucky Science Center and behind glass, bright lights show off the inner workings of the human body. Bones and muscle are ripped, cut and stretch to artistically show how we work.

“If you want to appeal lay people who come with hesitation, who may have never seen a corpse before, they need to be looking beautiful,” said Angelina Whalley, the creative designer for the new exhibit called Body Worlds Vital.

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Education
11:47 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Kentucky Education Department Prepares to Release Alternative Schools Data

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The Kentucky Department of Education is planning to release data next month on the state’s alternative schools for the first time as they look to improve transparency and accountability for the population the schools serve.

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Education
8:46 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Kentucky Asks Educators to Submit Comments for New Science Standards

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 7:11 am

The Kentucky Department of Education is asking educators and others to weigh in on new science standards the state will likely adopt sometime this year.

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