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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 newly elected president of the Washington Teachers' Union, Nathan Saunders, says after speaking to teachers, his top priority will be changing the way they are evaluated.The more than 400 teachers present at a union meeting this week raised concerns which included their relationship with principals, professional development but especially the teacher evaluation system calle...
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One of former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's signature initiatives was to reward good teachers with bonuses of up to $25,000. To qualify for the full amount, teachers have to score high marks on their evaluations, teach at schools with majority low-income children, and teach a tested grade and certain subjects. Bonuses were offered to 636 teachers, but 40 percent turne...
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John Garvey, who has served as president of Catholic University since July, will be inaugurated as the university's 15th president on Tuesday.Garvey teaches a class on constitutional law. Natalaya Siegal, a senior, chose the class because she heard Garvey had argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. And because she thought it would help her grades."I definitely ...
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Only 8 percent of sixth- and seventh-grade girls in D.C. Public Schools have completed the series of Human Papillomavirus vaccine shots. That's despite a law requiring students to get the vaccine unless parents sign a refusal form.During the 2009 academic year, sixth graders in D.C. public schools had to receive the HPV vaccine or show proof that their parents had chosen to "op...
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First lady Michelle Obama wants 100,000 American students to study in China over the next four years.Nicole Baden, a student at Howard University in Northwest D.C., recently participated in a study abroad program in China. She says she had great experiences, especially with her Chinese host family."When I became a little ill when I was abroad and my [host mother], she re...
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Wednesday's meeting between President Barak Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao marks the latest high level meetings between two countries. The first lady, Michelle Obama, is also encouraging American students to get involved in China.Michelle Obama wants many more students to study and live in China."That's how student by student we develop that habit of cooperation,"...
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John Garvey will be inaugurated as the 15th president of the Catholic University of America in D.C. later this month.Garvey has most recently been dean of Boston College Law School. He's argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and published extensively in the field of constitutional law.Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza recently spoke with him about his views o...
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Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools has details on how she thinks the nation's schools can be fixed.Some of the top priorities outlined by Rhee's new advocacy group, Students First, sound familiar: Paying excellent teachers more, eliminating tenure and basing employment decisions on effectiveness,...
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The Embassy Adoption Program allows thousands of 5th and 6th graders to learn about other cultures: One class will video conference with students in Luxembourg, another will learn judo after the embassy of Japan donated mats and uniforms. And some students get to go abroad, like one class that visited Poland....
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson kicked off a back to school event. And Gray calls improvements at Sousa Middle School in Southeast D.C. an example of education reform he'd like to see District-wide.Henderson calls Sousa Middle School an example of DCPS at it's best. She says students have a renovated building, a principal she calls "fantabulous" an...
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The Embassy Adoption Program has classes of 5th and 6th graders "adopted" by an embassy. As WAMU education reporter Kavitha Cardoza tells us, students spend a year each visiting the embassies for film screenings, food tastings and meetings with dignitaries to expand global understanding among D.C.'s youth....
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Make a Wish is the nation's largest wish-granting organization. Kavitha Cardoza visits the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and learns about wishes local children have made - from becoming a princess or superhero, to meeting their favorite star...[Music: "When You Wish Upon a Star" by Wynton Marsalis from Hot House Flowers]...
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When a student in Virginia embraced his identity by coming out of the closet, he became his high school's only openly gay student. He talks with Kavitha Cardoza about the challenges of his situation, from being bullied to struggling to focus on his studies.[Music: "Be Yourself (Karaoke Version)" by Various Artists from Karaoke Rock Bottom Part 2]...
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At L'Hermitage in Frederick, Md., archeologists are uncovering slave cabins and artifacts, including some owned by the Vincendieres family. The family had 90 slaves -- roughly 10 times the number you'd expect for that time -- and archeologists are making some interesting discoveries as they piece together the past.[Music: "Dry Your Tears, Afrika" by John Williams from Amistad]...
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When Michelle Rhee came on board as Chancellor of D.C.'s Public Schools, there was the question of whether she would succeed. Richard Whitmire's new book, The Bee Eater, profiles Rhee's time in the District. He speaks with Kavitha Cardoza about the book... and how Rhee's adventures as a teacher in Baltimore inspired the intriguing title.Whitmire's upcoming speaking even...
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A professor at George Mason University is offering the country's first academic course in wedding planning. She talks with Kavitha Cardoza about how weddings have changed dramatically from the 1950s, and how social media, movies and TV have influenced wedding planning. But one aspect of tying the knot, she says, has remained timeless...[Music: "Marry You (in the Style of Bruno ...
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Sometimes, settling a score calls for a little legal intervention: in other words, the courts."She Said/She Said" -- a new play at The Catholic University of America -- focuses on a rather distinctive custody dispute. WAMU education reporter Kavitha Cardoza recently attended a rehearsal of the play, and she says while the piece weaves together theology, law and politics, at hea...
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In the past, The University of the District of Columbia has had trouble distinguishing itself from other colleges. It's faced serious funding woes, and at one point less than 10% of its students graduated within six years. But things are looking up for UDC. It recently created a community college, and enrollment has increased dramatically. Kavitha Cardoza talks with UDC president Alle...
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Nearly 17 million people visit D.C. each year. And when they arrive, they interact with tens of thousands of employees in the hospitality industry.WAMU's education reporter, Kavitha Cardoza, introduces us to the Hospitality High School of Washington, D.C., which is trying to connect the classroom to the real world by training students to make visitors feel welcome.[Music...
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Several of D.C.'s public-school buildings have been renovated recently, but others are just crying out for repairs. The task of maintaining the schools, and preparing them for children and teachers each day, falls to a certain someone who often goes unnoticed: the school custodian.DCPS has approximately 450 custodians, and education reporter Kavitha Cardoza tells Rebecca Sheir ...