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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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All this week we’ve been hearing about poverty and an innovative attempt to get to the root of the problem. The Padua Project in Fort Worth, Texas, has set a goal of getting 100 poor people out of poverty in three years — with a job, three months’ savings and off government assistance. But, is it working? WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza (KC) again talks it over with Morning...
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All this week, we have been reporting on the Padua Project, which is run by Catholic Charities in Fort Worth, Texas. It’s an innovative program that has a goal of getting poor people out of poverty in three years with a job, three months’ savings and off government assistance. Yesterday we heard how Padua ...
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The Padua Project in Fort Worth, Texas, is an innovative pilot antipoverty program run by Catholic Charities. Staff there work with a small group of poor people, trying to move them to the point where they can support their families, have three months of savings and get off government assistance. One of the cha...
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For five decades, tens of thousands of people have fought poverty. Trillions of dollars have been spent, but poverty is a stubborn enemy. We keep fighting it, but we never seem to win. Occasionally, someone tries something new. In the second part of a five-part series, WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza tells us about one innovative program in Fort Worth, Texas, that may have cracked ...
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See an interactive map on the latest poverty data. There are almost 50 million people living in pove...
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Thousands of youth land their first jobs at this time of year, and D.C.’s public schools want to use this opportunity to steer students toward more career-oriented jobs. In the last few years, DCPS has worked with the business community to create career academies in high schools in areas where there are jobs paying a livable wage: hospitality, health, IT and engineering. And this ye...
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More than 8,500 public school students in the District take the Metro to get to school. So service disruptions because of SafeTrack, the long-term infrastructure maintenance overhaul of the city’s subway system, has significant implications for students in D.C.  Jennie Niles is the deputy mayor for education and oversees all 220 traditional and charter public schools....
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We’ve been reporting this week on kids and mental health. How it’s a much bigger problem for school age kids and how little-equipped educators are to handle it. But many experts believe when it comes to brain development, waiting for kindergarten is way too late. With these littlest children, no one — parents, doctors nor teachers — is really looking for the danger signs....
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Not enough child psychiatrists, not enough resources, conflicting diagnoses — through the many months of reporting on children and mental health, those are common themes we’ve heard from parents. There’s another one: The fear that their child might commit suicide. For some, the heartbreak is final. WAMU and nprEd...
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Dry mouth, sweaty palms, a pounding heart. Everyone feels anxious once in a while. But for approximately one in eight teenagers, anxiety is more than just a temporary worry or fear — it can stress them out too much to even come to school. And that can leave parents desperate. WAMU and nprEd have teamed up over the...
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At least one in five young people in the U.S. exhibits the signs or symptoms of a mental health problem. And educators are increasingly seeing students who need help but they aren’t sure how to respond. WAMU and nprEd have teamed up over the last few months to bring you a series on children and mental health — bo...
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At least one in five young people in the U.S. exhibits the signs or symptoms of a mental health problem. And educators are increasingly seeing students who need help but they aren’t sure how to respond. WAMU and nprEd have teamed up over the last few months to bring you a series on children and mental health — bo...
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The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report that finds a D.C. Public Schools initiative is not fair to girls. The program focuses on serving boys of color. The $20 million initiative, "Empowering Males of Color," is meant to help African-American and Latino boys. City leaders say it’s necessary to ...
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More than 130 teachers came out Thursday to protest the lack of a current contract with chants like "Negotiate now!" For the last four years, teachers in D.C.’s traditional public schools have been working under a contract that expired back in 2012. And they haven’t had a base salary increase since then. Teachers feel undervalued Alex McKeithen teaches music ...
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Valerie Mallory is playing with her 2-year-old daughter Aliyah. Valerie is a former foster child. She’s tall and athletic; Aliyah is small and plump. The toddler’s childhood is very different from her mother’s. “I went through three group homes, two foster homes and then independent living home,” Valerie says. “It was very hard for me. I had 1,000 social workers ...
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For the second year, students in D.C. and Maryland are getting ready to take tests based on the Common Core State Standards. Officially these tests are known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, tests. They’re tougher than state-specific tests, and children in several states are taking the same PARCC tests, so it’s easier to make compar...
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D.C. Public Schools students targeted for extra help may not be getting the support they need, says a new report from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, which advocates for low-income residents. Mary Levy, a longtime analyst of school budgets, ...
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Thomas O'Rourke was a teacher for 10 years in D.C.'s traditional public school system. In 2010, during the second year of the new teacher evaluation system called IMPACT, he received an "ineffective" rating. That led to O'Rourke losing his job. More than four years later, a grievance he filed went to arbitration, and he is the ...
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Teachers in D.C.’s traditional public schools are bracing for a new measure of how effective they are: the student survey. D.C. has piloted different types of student surveys in more than two dozen schools across the District. More than 450 teachers in grades 3 through 12 have participated. It’s been an under-the radar-effort so far, but starting this fall, almost every...
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For several years now, classroom observations and student test scores have factored into teachers’ evaluations and by extension their job security. Starting in the fall, teachers in D.C.’s traditional public schools will face another measure of how good they are ...