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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.'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...
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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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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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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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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...