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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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Nearly 3/4 of people in the United States play video games. And with such a high demand, somebody has to teach the next generation of game designers, right?Enter George Mason University.This year, the college's Computer Game Design program will graduate its first two students. Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza swung by one of their classes....
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Wilson High School is home to the only public school rowing crew in the District. As the team celebrated its 25th year on the water, Kavitha Cardoza spoke with members, coaches, alumni and parents about this long, self-funded tradition on the Potomac.[Music: "Take Me to the River" by The Talking Heads from Stop Making Sense]...
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Food advocates have criticized DCPS cafeterias for serving unhealthy, tasteless food for years. Now, leaders are revamping the menu, serving a different fruit and vegetable each day and cutting out all fried foods. Kavitha Cardoza visits a school cafeteria to see whether kids are actually embracing the new options.[Music: "All That Meat & No Potatoes" by Fats Waller from Fa...
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Most joggers hit the pavement to get a little exercise and stay fit. And then there's the Dojo of Pain -- a group of hyper-competitive runners who meet regularly in D.C. to push each other to their physical limits. Kavitha Cardoza went to Hains Point to meet the members of the dojo, and sent back this audio postcard.[Music: "Run" by Vampire Weekend from Contra (Bonus Mega Ver...
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Thousands of realtors are competing to survive in the cutthroat Washington housing market. And the old ways of catching people's attention -- e.g. putting ads in the newspaper and serving cookies at your open house -- no longer cut it. Kavitha Cardoza speaks with a few realtors to see what they're doing to cut through the clutter.[Music: "Sell Sell Sell" by The Barenaked Ladies...
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Principals are often the most senior people walking the hallways of our public schools. But hanging on to a good principal, and getting rid of what might be a not-so-good one, is a difficult process, one that, in D.C. at least, has been overshadowed by the intense focus on evaluating teachers. But as Kavitha Cardoza tells us, that's changing, now that DCPS has created a new evaluation...
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Summer youth programs often serve as a "bridge" between the academic years. But funding for the District's summer school, jobs program and enrichment activities has been slashed in what nonprofit groups are calling a "perfect storm." Many District leaders worry thousands of kids are heading into the long, hot months with nothing to do. Kavitha Cardoza takes a look at the situation an...
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We often hear talk of what's wrong with public education. But figuring out how to fix those problems is a lot harder. Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza talks with local Teach for America alumni about what they'd do to improve D.C. public schools.[Music: "School Day" by Chuck Barry from The Best of Chuck Barry]...
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They exist on the fringes of the local food movement: A group of unlicensed and uncertified food vendors who sell their wares at "grey" markets around the city. Kavitha Cardoza tells us about the growing popularity of these alternative markets, how they ensure their food is safe to eat, and why cake lovers everywhere might have a reason to rejoice...[Music: "Knock Me a Kiss" ...
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Having "The Talk" about the birds and the bees can be tricky for parents, but what about school personnel? WAMU education reporter Kavitha Cardoza talks with Rebecca Sheir about how D.C. Public School officials are working with school personnel on new ways to answer young people's questions about sex.[Music: "Let's Talk About Sex" by Max Raabe from Super Hits]...
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The new president of the Washington Teachers Union came to power on a platform of opposing former DCPS chancellor Michelle Rhee. Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza speaks with Saunders about what he's achieved so far and how he hopes to change the current teacher evaluation system, or IMPACT.[Music: "Teacher (Karaoke Version)" by Stingray Music (Karaoke) from Karaoke in the Sty...
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Most joggers hit the pavement to get a little exercise and stay fit. And then there's the Dojo of Pain -- a group of hyper-competitive runners who meet regularly in D.C. to push each other to their physical limits. Kavitha Cardoza went to Hains Point to meet the members of the Dojo, and brings us this audio postcard.[Music: "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead...
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The National Gallery of Art houses thousands of valuable paintings, all of them susceptible to damage from sunlight, humidity, grime, and natural aging. Kavitha Cardoza talks with the National Gallery's head of conservation about the science behind restoring a painting and why such painstaking effort is worth it.[Music: "Sentimental Journey" by Juan Garcia Esquivel from Space A...
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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, has been appointed to two different groups within the Vatican that advise the pope.Wuerl will be one of fewer than three dozen cardinals that are members of the Congregation for Clergy. It's one of nine major Vatican departments that advise the pope. The department's r...
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Interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says Meyer Elementary School will reopen Jan. 3. It will house students from the Takoma Educational Center which was severely damaged by a fire on Dec. 22.Henderson says in a press release that Meyer Elementary can accommodate the more than 300 preschool through 8th grade studen...
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D.C.'s delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, says she's made the "maximum use" of four years of Democratic control. Now she says the challenge is to protect those gains until the elections in 2012.Looking back, Norton lists several accomplishments for 2010. They include: construction jobs for D.C. residents at the Department of Homeland Security headquarters being built in Southeast...
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According to a new report, the Chesapeake Bay is showing encouraging signs of improvement but still has dead zones, fish kills and pollution. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's "State of the Bay Report" says there have been improvements in eight of 13 indicators, including a rebounding blue crab population and flourishing underwater grasses. Using a grading system, the bay's overall grad...
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Wilson High School is the District's only public high school that has a crew or rowing team. And for 25 years, students have been meeting at 5:30 in the morning to row on the Potomac River. WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza woke up way before her alarm usually goes off to meet crew members past and present one morning at the Thompson Boat House on Virginia Avenue in Northwest D.C. She met head c...
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Administrators at D.C. Public Schools hope a new online tool will help with efforts to recruit students by offering parents more information on individual schools.Erin McGoldrick, who led the effort for the resource, says with updated school profiles, parents can select up to four different schools based on, for example, ward, grade le...
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Dulles International Airport in Virginia is one of the 10 busiest airports in the country. And among the millions of pounds of luggage that comes through is the risk that a passenger might bring in a non-native species, carry a disease or smuggle in drugs. WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza spoke to some of the Customs and Border Protection Officers whose job it is to stop that from happening....