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 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.


K-12 Education
11:23 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Kindergarten Students Could Soon Be Screened For School Readiness

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has contracted with a private company to implement a kindergarten screener program, but the state still needs to approve the regulatory to require all public schools to screen incoming students.

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Juvenile Crime
2:21 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Report: Young Status Offenders In Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice System

A new report by Kentucky Youth Advocates is shining light on the state’s high number of incarcerated youth with low priority crimes.

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3:21 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Kentucky Science Scores Exceed Nation Average in NAEP Tests

Kentucky’s science scores in the latest national assessment exceed the national average, but that may not be the case for long. 

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Higher Education
4:21 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

For-Profit, Online Schools Enroll Large Number of Students

For the first time, Kentucky has released enrollment numbers for online and for-profit colleges and the results are surprising to the Council on Post-Secondary Education.

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Kentucky Derby
8:54 am
Mon May 7, 2012

I'll Have Another Wins Derby

In a last minute move to the finish, I'll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby.

There was strong favorite in this year’s group of 20 thoroughbreds making the Run for the Roses. But Bodemeister starting at 6 to 1 odds took a quick lead out of the gate, which he held for most of the race.

It wasn’t until the final seconds that I’ll Have Another and jockey Mario Gutierrez made their move.

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Beshear Appoints Haynes
3:19 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Beshear Appoints Haynes to Health and Family Services Cabinet

Gov. Steve Beshear has named Audrey Tayse  Haynes as the new Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Haynes will replace Eric Freidlander. The cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services, including child welfare programs. Haynes previously served 10 years as the senior vice president and chief government affairs officer of YMCA of the USA.  She also worked in the Clinton Administration as director of the White House Office of Women's Initiatives and Outreach. Haynes will begin on April 16.

2:20 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Haynes is New Health and Family Secretary

Gov. Steve Beshear has named Audrey Tayse Haynes of Adair County as the new Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services, including child welfare programs. Haynes will begin on April 16th.

Haynes will replace Eric Freidlander who was serving as the interim secretary after Janie Miller resigned last month. The cabinet is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and social services, including child welfare programs.

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Virtual Schools
3:57 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kentucky Virtual High School Decides to End Classes

Kentucky’s 12-year-old Virtual High School program will end later this year as state officials consider a new approach to online education.

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Education Policy
10:44 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Kentucky and Tennessee Granted NCLB Waiver

Kentucky has been granted a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind standards.

NCLB has been criticized the past few years as having unreachable goals for education. Kentucky was one of 11 states that applied for the waiver last fall and 28 more states have announced they plan to seek waiver later this year. In the first round ten states, including Tennessee, were granted a waiver.

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-Government & Politics - WKMS
2:13 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Kentucky Cabinet Secretary Janie Miller Resigns

Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller has resigned.


Miller was appointed as head of the cabinet by Governor Steve Beshear during his first term. The agency is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and various social services.


Miller’s resignation comes while the cabinet’s transparency regarding child abuse cases is being challenged in court. She is the second cabinet leader to resign in the recent months. She follows Patricia Wilson, who served as commissioner for the department overseeing child welfare services.


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