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Kavitha Cardoza

Special Correspondent

Cardoza reports on area news, with a special focus on children, education and poverty.

Cardoza has won numerous awards for her work. In 2012 she received the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard News. That same year, her five-part series on childhood obesity won first place in the Series category in the National Awards for Education Reporting and recognition from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

Cardoza joined the station in 2008, and was previously the Springfield bureau chief for WUIS in Illinois. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the university’s Department of Communication.

She holds graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Manipal Institute of Communication in India.


Articles Written by Kavitha Cardoza

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More than 25 percent of students enrolled in Head Start programs in D.C.’s traditional public schools missed a month or more of school last year, according to a new report. Michael Katz, a researcher with the Urban Institute, says they looked at both unexcused and excused absences among the approximately 5,000 pr...
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Metro Connection Segments From Felony to a Future: D.C. Man Works To Find New Path in Life ...
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Metro Connection Segments What Does The Future Hold For Capitol Hill's Potomac Gardens? ...
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Almost half of D.C.’s children attend charter schools and they operate with a great of autonomy. As a result, the quality of education is increasingly shaped not by the mayor or schools chancellor but by the boards of the approximately 100 individual charter schools. Carrie Irvin heads Charter Board Partners. It’s a nonprofit that recruits and trains volunteer board memb...
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D.C.’s traditional public schools will honor more than 1,400 of the highest performing educators at the Kennedy Center this evening. The Standing Ovation celebration is DCPS’s glitzy event honoring highly effective teachers and principals. This year Grammy nominated singer Josh Groban will perform. Janeece Docal, who heads Powell Elementary School, will be ther...
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District second-grade teacher Michelle Johnson has received the Milken Educator Award and $25,000. Johnson teaches at Seaton Elementary School in Northwest D.C. She was recognized for her "profound impact on her school, her district and her students." According to education officials, Johnson's students grew at least...
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The D.C. Council could soon make it illegal to suspend or expel students in publicly funded pre-Kindergarten programs. During the 2012 school year, more than 10,000 of the District's 80,000 public school students were suspended at least once. Of those, 180 students were 3- and 4-year olds. Councilman David Grosso (I-At Large), who was recently ...
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Metro Connection Segments Frager's Hardware Expected to Back Under One Roof by 2017 ...
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The District has been under federal oversight for the way it handles special education cases. But a judge on Tuesday put an end to that oversight by dismissing an 18-year-old class action. The Blackman-Jones lawsuit was about how long it took for District schools to hold hearings for children with special needs. Nathanial Beers, head of special education for D.C.'s traditional...
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Just a few years ago, the District had a three percent rate of HIV infection. Since then a lot has improved, according to the D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. The group's ninth annual HIV/AIDS report card finds that new cases of HIV have dropped almost 50 percent, and th...
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Metro Connection Segments After Rabbi's Arrest, Local Women 'Take Back The Mikvah' ...
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Virginia officials are reporting a substantial decrease in the state's infant mortality rate. The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association have announced that the rate decreased by 18.2 percent from 2007 to 2012. That means nearly 200 more babies a year are making it to their first birthday. Officials attribute the improvem...
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Several traditional public schools in D.C. have extended their days, and Chancellor Kaya Henderson says that it's already making a difference for students. According to Henderson, 25 schools have adopted extended days. "By the end of the year these schools w...
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Metro Connection Segments Purple in a Blue State: Battleground Counties Shed Light on Maryland Politics ...
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Metro Connection Segments Ebola Researcher Says Vaccinology Isn't Rocket Science — It's Harder ...
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Students who don't speak English are at higher risk of dropping out of school. In the District, a new academy within Cardozo Education Campus is trying to change those outcomes. Kalkidan Mangstu is 18. She came to the U.S. a little over a year ago from Ethiopia, and spoke no English. "I’m confused. Pronunciation is very difficult. I’m very confused," Mangstu sa...
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One of the largest nonprofits that served adult learners in the District, Academy of Hope, recently converted to a charter school. These adult charter schools are a trend where D.C. finds itself a leader. For each adult who studies at a charter school, that school receives almost $7,000 from the D.C. government. That's compared to the $800 nonprofits can receive for educatin...