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.


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 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

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
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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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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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3:52 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tuition and Salaries Rise at KCTCS Campuses


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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11:42 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Holliday Given Contract Extension

Terry Holliday

The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously agreed to award Commissioner Terry Holliday a four-year extension of his contract Wednesday.

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2:45 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Kentucky Launches College Transfer Website

Kentucky’s Council on Post Secondary Education will launch a website this week to help students who are transferring from community and technical colleges to four-year universities.

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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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