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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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Thousands of students were evacuated after a fight broke out at a college fair in the D.C. convention center this morning.  Students were promised the opportunity to meet one-on-one with representatives from approximately 300 universities throughout the U.S. at the Greater Washington National College Fair. But approximately two hours after the event began, a fight br...
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A group of eighth graders in Gifford, Ill. are working hard to raise money so they can spend a few days in our nation's capital. They're just a handful of the many thousands of school kids who descend on this city every year. And their goal is pretty straightforward: Washington, or bust! Bake sales and car washes pave the way to D.C. Gifford, with a p...
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  D.C. Public Schools and the Washington Teachers' Union are set to begin negotiations for a new contract Oct. 20, and both sides are hopeful the process won't be as difficult this time around. Three years of the current five-year contract had to be implemented retroactively because negotiations were contentious, drawn out, and eventually needed a mediator.  ...
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Visitors to Virginia brought in approximately $19 billion in revenue in 2010, announced Governor Bob McDonnell Wednesday. That's an increase of almost seven percent.Governor Bob McDonnell says that tourism supported more than 200,000 jobs and brought in more than $1 billion in state and local taxes last year.The governor calls the increases in revenue encouragi...
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Teachers in the District go through a lengthy evaluation process each year, and the best of the best are offered bonuses of up to $25,000. This year, some also are getting an increase in their base salary of up to $18,000. So what do those teachers do that makes them worth all that dough? To find out, spend a day in the classroom with Tiffany Johnson, a math and reading teach...
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There hasn't been a measureable change in U.S. students' science test scores over the past 15 years. What has changed, though, is that a number of other countries are doing better. "Our culture unfortunately doesn't give science doesn't get attention it deserves," says Don Rea, a former space scientist who founded the group ...
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A new barbering school "54th and Cutz" is part of an effort to teach new skills to young people involved in the District’s juvenile justice system. The school, which is in a public housing community in one of Northeast D.C.’s most violence-plagued areas, is also helping boys become strong men. Andre Watson, 17, is one of five students learning how to become a barber. ...
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The number of "highly effective" D.C. Public School teachers offered and accepting bonuses has increased this year. This year, 670 teachers were eligible for bonuses and 70 percent of them accepted the money, a 10 percent increase over last year.Jason K...
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 Sept. 11 has been an ongoing event for children of military service members, many of whom have seen their parents deploy multiple times to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.Ashton Stout's father has been deployed a dozen times since September 11, 2001. At 17, the senior at Middle-High School at Marine Corps Base Quantico says her father has missed most of her milestone...
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D.C.'s Public School officials continue to refine the teacher evaluation system known as IMPACT since it was introduced two years ago.Scott Thompson works on strategies to improve teacher effectiveness at DCPS. He says there have been changes to IMPACT based on feedback in the past. For example, he says they've added a component that included recognizing teacher efforts to reac...
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The Prince Georges County school system has recruited hundreds of teachers from around the world since 2002. But some of these teachers will be boarding flights out of Washington as soon as today. They're caught in the middle of a dispute between the school system and the U.S. Department of Labor. Kavitha Cardoza meets several of these teachers as they protest in front of the White Ho...
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Call it luck, call it what you will, but five months after Michelle Rhee stepped down, D.C. Public Schools has a new chancellor. Kaya Henderson has been the interim chancellor since her predecessor and friend left the position.Henderson was the only person Mayor Vincent Gray asked his search panel to consider. WAMU Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza had a chance to sit down wit...
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The D.C. charter school system recently closed several schools, and more than 700 students and their parents have been scrambling to find new placements. Charter school advocates defend the decision to close ineffective schools… they say it's the charters' "tough-love" approach that makes their test scores outshine those of traditional public schools. But parents say in the short te...
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Here in the District, heat often goes hand-in-hand with crime. And for young people with little to keep them busy during the summer months, staying out of trouble is often easier said than done. Kavitha Cardoza met with two young men who've had brushes with the law, to hear how they're trying to avoid mistakes of the past.[Music: "Fever (Instrumental)" by Essence from Eccentric...
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The Washington Blade is sometimes referred to as America's gay newspaper of record. Since 1969, its editors have collected thousands of photographs, but much of that archive has been unavailable to the public -- until now. Editors are now digitizing and archiving those photos online, and the Blade's Kevin Naff talks with Kavitha Cardoza about why it's so important to preserve this s...
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D.C.'s public schools will open on time this morning with the exception of School Without Walls in Ward 2. That school is expected to remain closed for the remainder of the week for while the building is repaired.Four other schools require what D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray calls "minimal cosmetic repairs," but those repairs can be done while school is ongoing.Charter schools ...
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Most D.C. public schools will be opened Thursday morning, after being closed Wednesday to inspect for damage following Tuesday afternoon's earthquake. Schools Without Walls in Ward 2 will be closed.Structural engineers inspected schools throughout the District and found approximately 125 building were safe. DC Public Schools officials said most schools only need minor repairs. ...
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Literally overnight, D.C. Public Schools' leaders changed their minds and went from all schools being open today to a district-wide shutdown in the wake of yesterday's earthquake. School officials say they were dealing with information that kept coming in throughout the night.As of this afternoon, 13 DCPS schools have been red flagged, meaning structural engineers will go back ...
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D.C.'s public schools will be closed today as school personnel assess the damage in each of the 126 buildings.Courtez Cole was at home with his son when he felt the earth move."At first I thought it might have been an explosion under the ground but I didn't hear nothing," Cole says. "So my next conclusion was an earthquake. It just came from nowhere. It scared us."...
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Yesterday was officially the first day of school for D.C. public schools, both traditional and charter. But for some DCPS students today will be the first day of school.Erica Huge is at Hart Middle School in Southeast D.C. She's only now picking up enrollment forms to register her daughter."I wasn't for sure if I wanted her to come to Hart cause I know she knows a lot of...