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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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A charter school advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit against D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt alleging that the city's government funds the two public school systems unequally. In the lawsuit, the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools says that the city is violating the law that requires that traditional and charter schools be...
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Approximately half a million teachers either leave the profession or move each year, costing the U.S. more than $2 billion. That's according to a report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. The teacher turnover rate disproportionately affects high-poverty schools and also has financial implications. In ...
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Metro Connection Segments Venture Capitalists Bet Big On D.C.'s Food Scene ...
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Tanazia Matthews, 18, was a pretty typical teenager. She was popular in high school, involved in the Green Club and the dance team and did well academically. “I was a well-rounded student. My grades were always As and Bs, they never fell below a 3.0 GPA," she says. She was also dating a boy she had known since elementary school. Then when she was 15, she found ou...
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There are lots of words to describe 18-year-old Blossom Ojukwu. Her teachers would say she’s “optimistic," she calls herself “tenacious.” Blossom came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 5 years old. “We had just begun to establish ourselves in the United States and things were going great for my family," Blossom says. Blossom says “the American D...
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Donavan Blagmon says his height — 6'4 — comes from his mother and his laid back cheerful manner from his father. His love of "all things sports" is from both of them. "Actually my father and mother met through bowling, so they took me out and I go bowling with them all the time. He was my coach in every sport I did whether it was swimming or basketball. They were Redskin...
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Metro Connection Segments Burek And Breakaways: Bosnians Cheer On World Cup Team In Virginia ...
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For several years, teachers in D.C. public schools have had student test scores account for up to half of their evaluation. But the school system now plans to suspend that practice for the upcoming school year. Jason Kamras oversees teacher evaluations in DCPS. He says instead of the local test D.C. students take, at the end of the next academic year, students will take the ...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside the Oyster Research Lab Known As The 'Room of Doom' ...
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Three unions including those that represent principals, classroom aides and custodians have overwhelmingly approved agreements with D.C. Public Schools. If the D.C. Council signs off on the contracts, approximately 2,400 employees will receive more money. More than 600 DCPS principals, assistant principals and master educators are represented by the Council of School Office...
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Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) committed yesterday to keeping Kaya Henderson as the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools if she wins November's mayoral election. Shortly after defeating Mayor Vincent Gray in the April Democratic primary, Bowser was non-committal on Hender...
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Metro Connection Segments Inside D.C. General: A Tour of the City's Largest Homeless Shelter ...
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When D.C. is compared to states, it has the highest percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in pre-K programs as well as the highest spending per child. States are doing a better job at educating 3 and 4-year-olds over the past decade. That’s according to a report from the National Institute for Earl...
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Washington, D.C., has one of the most severe childhood asthma problems in the country, with more than one in five children under 18 having the condition. Poorly-treated asthma means more students missing school, more caregivers missing work and more emergency room visits. Children in D.C.’s poorest areas were 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room because of untr...
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Many District residents are facing long delays in getting public benefits because of administrative problems with Medicaid and Food Stamps, according to a new report. The report, by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute...
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Metro Connection Segments New Sweat Disorder Center Aims to Cool People's Heels, Hands and Underarms ...