WFPL reporter awarded Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize

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A reporter for NPR station WFPL in Louisville, Ky., was awarded the 2014 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for his hourlong piece exploring the prospects for youth in Louisville who are living in poverty.

Devin Katayama, a news reporter and midday host at 89.3 WFPL, received the $5,000 prize for his piece “At Risk.”

The annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, now in its 13th year, is awarded by Boston’s WBUR and Boston University to public radio journalists 35 years old and under.

“In my long experience in news, this is surely the most impressive group of finalists for a competitive journalism prize I have ever encountered,” said Kevin Klose, the former president of NPR and the finalist judge for the award, in a press release.

Katayama will be presented with the award May 18 at the WBUR Gala, the annual benefit event for the Boston-based public radio station. The award is named after the former NPR senior news analyst and veteran journalist Daniel Schorr, who died in 2010.

Before joining WFPL, Katayama was a Follet Fellow at Columbia College, where he received a master’s degree in journalism. He also won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his reporting on Chicago’s homeless youth. He has also worked for Worldview on Chicago’s WBEZ and with KQED’s California Report in San Francisco.

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