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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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Metro Connection Segments Keeping The Faith: Black Catholic Church Looks Back On 95 Years In Ward 8 ...
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Students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Southwest D.C. are getting ready for a pep rally. Teachers wear T-shirts that say "Ace the Test" as they give out sparkly pompoms and beads. It's all meant to get children pumped up for the annual standardized exams. Principal Natalie Gordon and Assistant Principal Greg Dohmann do this every year. "Testing can be a v...
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Metro Connection Segments Maryland Couple Shows Rushing Into Marriage Not Always A Bad Idea ...
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Metro Connection Segments Kids Live History At One-Room Seneca Schoolhouse In Maryland ...
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The public charter school system in D.C. saw a significant decrease in its overall high school graduation rate last year. It fell to 68.9 percent from a rate of 75.6 percent the previous year. Scott Pearson, the executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, says the board is still looking into why there's been the drop of nearly 7 percentage points. The inform...
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Update: The charter school board has now provided the graduation rate data, showing that it fell last year: Reported 6:05 a.m.: Recent data from the Department of Education put the national graduation rate at 81 percent, a record high. But the gr...
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Metro Connection Segments A Flea Market And Focal Point For Maryland's Hispanic Community ...
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Metro Connection Segments Eating Like A Pig: How Beer Byproducts Transform Into Chow For Sows ...
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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 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 ...