Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama joined WFPL News in summer 2011. He adds to the newsroom a diverse perspective having lived and reported in major cities across the U.S. and spending time in Peru reporting on human trafficking. Devin earned the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Scholarship Award for his report on homeless youth in Chicago. He reports on education affairs in Kentucky and Indiana.

Local/Regional News
12:21 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Frankfort Latest Ky. City To Pass A Fairness Ordinance

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- 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.  As Devin Katayama reports, today’s vote was split but some say there was never a question of whether it would pass.

Frankfort’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the ordinance, which will create a seven-member human rights commission that will hear discrimination complaints.

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Local/Regional News
4:46 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Calls Next Legislative Session "Make Or Break"

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the next legislative session a “make or break year” for the state’s public school system.

“I think we’ve hit the wall for increasing student performance and without some reinvestment in public education I think kids are going to lose out.”

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Local/Regional News
11:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kentucky Ranks 34th Among The States In Child Well Being, Up One Notch From Last Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky has improved in health and education over the long term according to a report released Monday, but  more Kentucky children are living in poverty than ever before.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Data Book measures several indicators in education, health, economic well-being and family and community.

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Sports
5:51 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Confessions Of A Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher

Stephen Johnstone and his niece, Sarah, crashed the Kentucky Derby celebration together in 2008.
Courtesy of Stephen Johnstone

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 1:21 pm

On Saturday night, 150,000 people will pack Louisville's Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. But only a few will celebrate the victory from the winner's circle.

Stephen Johnstone has experienced that celebration many times. He's been in the winner's circle with the winning families, jockeys and governors — but not once was he invited.

Johnstone is a retired gate-crasher. The first time he crashed the Kentucky Derby was in 1963. Johnstone and several college friends slipped underneath a fence at Churchill Downs.

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Around the Nation
5:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Cyclo-Cross Championship Takes U.S. By Storm, Mud And Sand

Competitors in a men's category race in the 2013 National Cyclo-cross Championships in Bradford, England, this month. The sport requires riders to traverse mud and sand on off-road courses peppered with obstacles.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

While many Americans will be tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday, there's another big sports competition this weekend: the Cyclo-Cross World Championships. This weekend's event, in Louisville, Ky., marks the first time in its 60-year history that the world championships will be held outside of Europe.

Cyclo-cross, a grueling sport requiring riders to traverse mud, sand and other obstacles, is growing rapidly in the U.S. And the fans can be a bit crazy. At the 2012 Louisville Derby City Cup, hundreds of people — some in costumes — packed onto the course to cheer the riders on.

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