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WFPL's Devin Katayama Wins the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize

Angela Shoemaker

Last year, WFPL's Devin Katayama embarked on a months-long project looking at how poverty, homelessness, truancy and other issues affect Louisville schoolchildren.

The project resulted in an hour-long documentary, At-Risk, that aired last summer.

Today, Devin was named the winner of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, which is awarded by Boston public radio station WBUR in a salute to "a new generation of public radio journalists 35 years old and under, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium."

In its announcement, WBUR said:
Katayama's winning entry, "At Risk," is a memorable hour-long exploration of the fragile prospects for children in Louisville living amid poverty, drug use, depression, anger and dysfunction - and the local and state social services professionals who struggle to help them find pathways to achievement through a labyrinth of support systems. The series was the capstone of "Next Louisville," a project focusing on education issues in the city of Louisville.
You can find the web version of At-Risk here. And if you missed it or want to hear it again, listen below:

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Previous winners of the Schorr Prize include NPR's Ailsa Chang, Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt and former NPR reporter Guy Raz, who is now part of the TED Radio Hour.

Devin will receive the award on May 18 in Massachusetts during the WBUR Gala, a public radio fundraiser.