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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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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...
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Today is the first day of school for traditional and charter public schools in the District. D.C. Public Schools opened its doors today to approximately 45,000 students, almost 4,000 teachers and more than 6,500 staff.It was an exciting first day for students at Wilson High School in northwest D.C. The school recently celebrated a ...
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Woodrow Wilson High School will begin the academic year with an almost 400,000 square foot building which has been completed modernized.Jennifer Lee can't wait to begin classes as a freshman. "This school is amazing. It's simply spectacular," she says. "It's incredible. I could go on and on about it."The new Wilson campus has a central atrium with skylights, new gyms, a ...
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Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest D.C. celebrated their $115 million renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday."Spectacular," "magnificent" and "world class" were some of the words used to describe the high school – and that was just from one person at the ceremonial event.It's approximately the size of six-and-a-half football fields, with a new 850-seat...
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Nearly 750 D.C. students were left looking for new schools after three charter schools closed and two eliminated their high school programs.Charter school advocates defend the closures and say test scores at charters are still higher than they are in traditional D.C. public schools, in part because of their tough-love approach. But parents say in the short term, these school cl...
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The organization 'Commuter Connections' says high gas prices have made its ride sharing program more popular among people trying to get to work. Now, they're hoping to use the same strategy to connect parents of children who attend the same school.Just in time for the new school year, Commuter Connections has begun a new service for...
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The pursuit of the American dream doesn't always have a happy ending. That's certainly the case for hundreds of international teachers recruited from all over the world to work for the Prince George's County school system. These teachers are now being told they have to go home.The teachers were recruited after administrators found it challenging to recruit what's known as "high...
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For young people with little to keep them busy during the summer months in D.C., staying out of trouble sometimes can be easier said than done. Two teens currently participating in a support and rehabilitation program for teenage offenders talk about what led them to break the law.Offender Aid and Restoration [OAR] is an Ar...
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D.C. Public Schools is asking volunteers to sign up for Beautification Day on August 20. It's part of an effort to get buildings ready for the first day of school.More than 100 schools in the District need volunteers to help with planting flowers, painting classrooms and ...
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Frank Kameny, a major pioneer of the gay rights movement, was featured in our underdogs show a few months back. Kameny started his fight for gay rights in the 1960s. At the end of the decade, in 1969, he saw the birth of the nation's first gay newspaper, the Washington Blade. Since its...
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Several of the District's public school buildings will reopen this academic year either partially or fully renovated.The District's efforts to what's called "modernize" every public school is part of a 10-year plan, costing $3 billion. Later this month, three will reopen either substantially renovated or completed rebuilt.Approximately 1,500 Woodrow Wilson High School st...
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D.C.'s Mayor Vincent Gray has decided to rebuild Ballou Senior High School even though it's expected to cost several million dollars more than the approximately $60 million it would cost to renovate.The renovation is part of the District's efforts to "modernize" every public school in the city.City Administrator Allen Lew says it makes sense to build a brand new Ballou S...
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The National Gallery of Art houses almost 4,000 paintings. Over time, they can be damaged by sunlight, humidity and grime. So every year, a team of eight conservators chooses approximately a dozen paintings to restore to their natural beauty.In some galleries in Europe they like to display a painting in its natural state, with cracked paint, water damage, and faded colors, says...
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Safe schools, better technology, more library books are a few of the responses residents have texted, emailed or written in since the campaign began says Chancellor Kaya Henderson.She says the information will be used to put together a new strategic plan for the District. DCPS is trying to include as many people as possible after a 2008 plan under former Chancellor Michelle Rhe...
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WAMU: When you compare charter school test scores to traditional pueblo schools, at the elementary level, they're comparable, but at the secondary level, charter schools are 10 percentage points ahead in reading and the 16 percent points ahead in math. But the gap over the years is clearly narrowing. Does that concern you?Jones: Obviously, we'r...