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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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Virginia Tech's president is defending his actions during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. President Charles Steger testified Friday at a wrongful death trial brought by the families of two students killed during the April 16, 2007, campus attack. Thirty-three people, including the gunman, died. Steger defended his actions during the mass shooting saying "I ...
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Decades of prevention campaigns have barely affected the dropout rate in the United States. But there have been some pockets of success in otherwise struggling school systems. In the latest in our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza visits a Baltimore high school where researchers from Johns Hopkins University use techniques that are starting to show results. [Mu...
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Maryland's school board is proposing that administrators be allowed to suspend students for more than ten days only if they believe it's the only way to keep the school safe. The proposal is part of a state effort to cut the number of days students are suspended for nonviolent offenses. The board also proposes studying the disproportionate number of suspensions for minoriti...
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Being homeless, living in poverty, and getting arrested while going to school are not generally associated with good educational outcomes. Yet every year there are students who rise above their challenging circumstances and succeed. In the latest in our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza meets two D.C. students who overcame these challenges and are on track to graduate from hig...
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Getting a good job, of course, requires a strong education - especially in a global marketplace. But in international rankings of developed countries, the U.S. is near the bottom of the list when it comes to the percentage of students graduating from high school. In part four of our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza looks at what makes American schools different and what we ca...
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To many adults, it isn't always clear what pushes young people to commit crimes -- particularly violent crimes. In 2011, Kavitha Cardoza sought answers to just that question. She met two teens who've had brushes with the law to hear about their lives and why they've made the choices they made. [Music: "Umbrella (Instrumental)" by Rihanna from Umbrella CDS]...
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Traditional public schools saw a decrease in enrollment this year compared to charter schools, which saw an 8 percent increase. The DCPS enrollment decrease translates into approximately 400 fewer students -- a 1 percent decrease.  When D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Hen...
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D.C. is beginning a citywide ad campaign aimed at increasing school attendance. The campaign's theme, "The More You Learn, the More You Earn," features posters of five D.C. students urging other teenagers to attend school. Rebeca Lara is a senior at Cardozo High School.  She wants to be a mechanical engineer."You know without education we can't be successful ...
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Researchers say they can predict as early as third grade whether students will stay in school and graduate. In the third part of our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza takes a closer look at some of the risk factors experts have identified, including the "ABCs": Attendance, Behavior and Course work. [Music: "Warning Sign" by Coldplay from A Rush of Blood to the He...
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A bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports teams has cleared a legislative hurdle in Virginia. The House Education Committee voted 14 to 8 to approve the so-called "Tebow bill," named after Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled in Florida but played for a public high school team. Scores of home-scho...
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In the second part of our American Graduate series, we get the numbers behind the dropout crisis. For the first time, the federal government is requiring that states standardize the way they calculate their high school graduation rates. This means D.C. will have to start tracking individual students to get a clearer picture of who is and isn't graduating. It also means D.C.'s gradu...
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In this 5-part series, WAMU 88.5's Kavitha Cardoza explores the growing trend of of childhood obesity. April 25, 2011Managing A Child’s Weight Becomes a Family’s JourneyPart 1: Cardoza and Moored hear from a Maryland family about t...
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In the first part of our American Graduate series, Kavitha Cardoza talks with a local family that's seen four generations fail to make it through high school. They'll discuss the challenges they've faced and the increasingly heavy burden of not having a high school diploma....