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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 D.C. Kids Count Collaborative report suggests some disturbing trends affecting young people from birth to 24 years in the District....
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Truancy is one of the early warning signs that students are more likely to drop out of school, get into trouble with the law and have issues with substance abuse.In the third and final part of our series on truancy in D.C.'s public schools, Kavitha Cardoza explores how Washington and other school districts around the country are trying to reduce the number of students who routi...
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The Chancellor of D.C.'s Public Schools, Michelle Rhee, says she thinks President-elect Barack Obama's pick for Education Secretary is a good choice....
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Even though school attendance is required by the law in D.C., approximately 20 percent of public and charter school children in the District have racked up more than 15 days of unexcused absences.In part two of out three-part series on truancy, new regulations are being proposed to reduce that number....
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Skippers, truants and chronic absentees are just a few of the names given to students who cut classes.In D.C.'s public schools, the truancy rate is nearly 20 percent. That means nearly one in five students has racked up at least 15 unexcused absences.In the first of a three-part series, Kavitha Cardoza explores this widespread problem from the perspective of the students...