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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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Children's National Medical Center in Northwest D.C., cares for approximately 400 children and teens living with HIV. In the second part of our series on children with HIV, Kavitha Cardoza looks at some of the physical, psychological and emotional challenges for young people living with the disease, as well as for the healthcare team that cares for them. ...
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Kavitha Cardoza and Nathasha Lim ventured into the night with the Whitman-Walker Health van to see what it's like to be on the forefront of the fight against HIV among D.C.'s young people....
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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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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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Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of HIV infection in the nation, almost 3 percent. It's considered an epidemic. Health officials believe one way to halt the spread of the disease is to encourage people to get tested and "know their status." They hope this will encourage residents to seek treatment and reduce the chances of them passing on the virus. ...
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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 ...