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
2:31 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Advocates Support Toned-Down Kentucky Charter School Law

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 12:54 pm

A charter school bill has been filed in the Kentucky House and supporters hope the less aggressive approach will help get it passed this year.

Rep. Brad Montell, R-Shelbyville , crafted the law with help from the Kentucky Charter School Project. It’s a coalition including several organizations that have argued for charter schools the past couple years.

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Education
12:42 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky Education Restraint and Seclusion Policy Proposal Moves Toward Approval

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 8:53 am

The Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal is in the final stages of approval this week and will go before the state’s Administrative Regulatory Review Committee Monday.

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Sports
4:04 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Kentucky BOE To Consider Organizing Middle School Athletics

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The Kentucky Board of Education will soon reconsider its policies governing middle school athletics. A legislative task force crafted final recommendations this week, which include many policies already in place at the high school level.

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Government
8:58 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Ky. Panel on Child Deaths Meets Next Week

Kentucky’s 17-member child abuse review panel will meet next week to begin work. A starting point for the panel could be the 55 death or near death cases recorded this past fiscal year.

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel was created to provide oversight to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and to make recommendations for how the cabinet can improve.

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Education
4:05 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Gov. Beshear Supports Prichard Committee's Parent Institutes

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday he’ll make a concerted effort to support the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership offered by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Prichard has hosted the program for several years, educating and mentoring hundreds of parents to become involved in their child’s education.

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Education
1:41 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Report Touts Kentucky's Education Data Improvements

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 2:08 pm

A report released Thursday by Washington-based Data Quality Campaign shows Kentucky has made progress in using data to improve student achievement.

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Education Policy
4:18 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Kentucky Represented in National Education Publication

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 1:03 pm

The executive director of Kentucky’s Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence is now blogging for a national publication and he’ll be keeping readers abreast of changes the state undergoes as it continues to roll out its new accountability system.

Stu Silberman said he’ll try to post content twice a week on Education Week’s website EdWeekly.org and he hopes to share best practices and challenges that the commonwealth faces.

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Child Abuse
10:20 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Beshear Creates Child Abuse Panel to Investigate Child Deaths and Near Deaths

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A new panel created by Governor Steve Beshear will review child death and near-death cases in Kentucky. Beshear’s executive order is being called a step in the right direction.

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Government
3:57 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Child Abuse Records Ordered Released

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has denied a request from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that would prevent the release of certain child abuse records. 

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tuition and Salaries Rise at KCTCS Campuses

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Students attending any of Kentucky’s community and technical colleges will see an increase in tuition next school year. The KCTCS has approved a 3.7 percent tuition increase and staff raises.

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