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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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D.C. HIV Series Part 1: HIV And Children: The Burden Of Silence Part 2: Hospital Team Works To Keep Kids With HIV Healthy...
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An outside firm hired to look into the 2011 standardized test results in the District's public schools found cheating occurred in three classrooms. Cheating occurred at Martin Luther King Elementary School, Langdon Education Center and Hyde Leadership Public Charter School, now known as Perry Street Prep. Teachers in those classrooms read or helped out with correct answers a...
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Pete Willsey is going through his closet. There are 20 costumes in here. The druid costume won't do, the evil dictator costume isn't quite right, neither is the evil Wiggles costume. Willsey finally finds what he's looking for. "This is one of my favorites, it's a jumpsuit we had custom-made with the city flag, with the words 'Property of Chevy Chase DC Correctional Facility.'...
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The latest information from D.C.'s Department of Health shows a slight decrease in the number of new HIV cases from 2009 to 2010, although the rate increased among one group sampled: poor, heterosexual women.  The HIV/AIDS rate increased from 6 to 12 percent among lower-income heterosexual women; an increase health officials attribute to their efforts to get more people t...
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For the first time this year, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson asked schools to apply for a portion of a $10 million pot of money, a grant program called "Proving What's Possible." Most of the money awarded went to DCPS's 40 lowest performing schools. Some will use their grants for afterschool programs, while others will use to fund technology and teacher training. Just ...
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Adele Cothorne cuts up chunks of slippery, glistening white cream cheese to weigh. "I use a scale because I learned that when you're producing large batches, it doesn't help to use measuring spoons!" she says. At the beginning of the week she bakes about 500 cupcakes a day. But by Friday, she says it's up to 800 cupcakes. Cothorne delights in dreaming up new cupcake varieties....
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Up to 7.5 million students nationwide are chronically absent, a new report estimates. That means, those students miss at least 18 days of each school year. It's a problem that goes "unnoticed and unmeasured," experts says, because there's no federal database with a common definition of chronic absenteeism where data from every state is stored. Robert Balfanz, a Johns...
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Ai Weiwei is one of China's most prolific and provocative artists. He is also very political, openly criticizing the Chinese government's record on human rights and democracy. Last year he was detained under charges of economic crimes, and he still can't leave China. But two works from his exhibition "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" are being shown in D.C. The first, in the Fre...
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For years, the public debate in D.C. focused relentlessly on education reform, with battles over how to handle everything from teacher evaluations and test scores to union contracts. But there's been a shift with almost all the attention now on the ongoing corruption investigations.D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the investigations have not taken away the focus from...
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Several D.C. Public School principals are applying for grants of up to $400,000 under a new program called Proving What's Possible.  DCPS has set aside a $10 million pot of money for schools with the "most compelling plans" to improve student results. "A $10 million commitment tells schools we are serious about them doing big things," says Chancellor Kaya Henderson. ...
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Results from an assessment, known as the Nation's Report Card, are out. D.C.'s public schools, both traditional and charter, ranked last among 52 jurisdictions. The average science score for D.C. eighth graders is 112 out of a possible 300 points. That's below the national average of 1...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson recently unveiled a new strategic plan for the schools, including increasing enrollment and improving the graduation rate. Kavitha Cardoza catches up with Henderson and takes a look at some of the ambitious goals the chancellor has outlined for herself, city teachers and students. Following are highlights of their conversation. ...
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Twenty students from Montgomery Blair High School sit in a circle and talk about their role models. It might sound like freshman orientation, or even a session with the school counselor, but actually, these students are members of the Africa Club. Ismahan, from Somalia, tells the other students that his inspiration is his mom. Sitting next to him, Sierra Leone native Carl D...
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Last October, Joanna Lewton a teacher at Capital City Public Charter School in Northwest D.C., heard a story on Metro Connection about a group of Illinois students who were scrimping and saving to raise money to come to D.C. "I was so impressed by how hard they were working," says Lewton. "There are budget cuts, and it's really hard to raise money for things." She got ...
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More than a million students drop out of school every year, including approximately 1,200 kids in D.C. But some decide to return to school and pursue their studies anew. In the final part of our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza visits a "second chance" school and looks at the implications for these students if they again fail to graduate. [Music: "Have a Litt...
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In the latest in our American Graduate series, we consider whether successful strategies implemented in a single school can be expanded to several schools, or even a whole city. In D.C., a handful of schools are trying out a Baltimore program that involves tracking students closely and having students team up with mentors. And as Kavitha Cardoza reports, there are signs of progress....
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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says Maryland's bay restoration strategy is underfunded and may not get the job done as promised. The foundation says Maryland is more than halfway toward meeting its goals, but state lawmakers must provide dedicated funding for upgrading sewage treatment plants and stormwater systems. Policies als...