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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 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...
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Spending per pupil varies widely — by as much as $8,000 — depending on which school district you attend in the Washington metro area. That’s according to new research from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Researchers found that as a group, D.C. public charter schools have the highest pe...
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Thousands of D.C. students from public school will take the SAT today. It’s part of an increased focus on getting more students from the District to go to college. DaTonice Woodfork is a senior at H.D. Woodson High School in northeast D.C. She’s learned 300 new vocabulary words since the school year began, completed practice tests and is ready to take the SAT again in ho...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Father John Payne died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. (Duke Ellington...
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At various times during the school year, it's not just the students in D.C.'s public schools that do the learning — but also the teachers. Teachers from D.C.’s traditional public schools will attend the first professional development day this academic year to...
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D.C. Council member and mayoral hopeful David Catania (I-At Large) spearheaded an effort to improve special education services in the city’s public schools. Lawmakers passed the package of legislation unanimously. Catania says parents trying to get their children special education services often feel like they are “at war with the system.” He says soon students with sp...
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Some D.C. public schools using the "blended learning model" are seeing student test scores go up and suspensions go down. At Randle Highlands Elementary School in Southeast D.C., fourth grade teacher Jarvis Gause just left the small group of readers he was working with for a moment, and he's checking in on another group wearing headphones, working quietly on computers. ...
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DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the recommendations to change school boundaries and feeder patterns aren't perfect but are “thoughtful solutions” that will help DCPS move forward. Henderson says the recommendations to account for population changes will cause “the least harm possible” and says you can't be afraid of controversial decisions. "We are work...
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Chancellor Kaya Henderson gave her second annual “State of D.C. Public Schools” address last night, and the focus this year was on high schools. Perhaps the most sobering statistic of Chancellor Kaya Henderson's address was this: "Did you know that there are approximately 30,000 new jobs in this city that are created every year but only 5 percent are filled by District r...
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In D.C. public schools, 40 percent of ninth graders don’t graduate in four years. But thanks to a new report that looked at information from thousands of students, for the first time we now know a lot more about who these children are. Celine Fejeran with D.C.’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education says they analyzed more than 18,000 students’ information and cal...
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All this week we've been bringing you stories of our nation's military children. The series is the culmination of nearly a year of reporting by WAMU's special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza, who joined us Friday to talk about the project and what we can learn from these children. You visited several of our nation's military ...