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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 summer jobs program has provided opportunities for thousands of young people each year since it was started in 1979 by then-Mayor Marion Barry. Now the head of D.C. Public Schools wants to rework the program into something she considers more meaningful for students. Chancellor Kaya Henderson's proposed changes are part of a larger overhaul of how DCPS provides career ...
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Temperatures are still in the 90s but it’s not just anxious students who already want to know about how superintendents decide whether schools will be closed because of snow. The question came up during a discussion with business leaders in the Washington Metro region. So apart from safety, what does make a snow day? Kevin Maxwell is the CEO of Prince George’s ...
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D.C. schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says that when students come back to school on Aug. 24, there will be many more course offerings and opportunities. Henderson says many schools in D.C. have not always offered engaging activities, but that will change this year, with programs such as swimming, marching band and journalism offered added at certain campuses. D...
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Over the last seven years the District has spent billions renovating and rebuilding public schools, unveiling gleaming new buildings the serve as a visual reminder of the city's efforts to improve public education. But behind the fanfare at ribbon cuttings and tours of the new school buildings is a sorry story of mismanagement. That's according to the D.C. Auditor, who in a...
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Coumba Gueye is gentle with long braids and a shy smile. Her mother has sickle cell disease and was hospitalized for a month when Coumba was 8 years old. She lost her job, couldn’t pay the rent and found herself homeless with Coumba and her little sister. “We first started off living with one of my mom's family friends, and that didn't work out so well," Coumba says, "s...
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Georges Nyap, 19, is soft spoken with a ready smile, his accented English punctuated by short bursts of laughter. He grew up in Cameroon, where his father was a college professor and his mother a high school principal. Life was good. “We had a very decent life and happy living. I played soccer and tennis. It’s very easy to make friends in Cameroon and I had lots of frie...
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Metro Connection Segments The Long, Hot Summer Ahead For D.C.'s Homeless Children ...
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Metro Connection Segments The Long, Hot Summer Ahead For D.C.'s Homeless Children ...
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Howard County, Md. has a median household income of nearly $110,000 per year, making it one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. But there are pockets of poverty in the midst of this wealth, and one of those pockets can be found along Route 1. That's why a group of churches and local nonprofits came together to create a resource center on Route 1 for low-income residents. The Day...
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Metro Connection Segments Keeping The Faith: Black Catholic Church Looks Back On 95 Years In Ward 8 ...
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Students at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Southwest D.C. are getting ready for a pep rally. Teachers wear T-shirts that say "Ace the Test" as they give out sparkly pompoms and beads. It's all meant to get children pumped up for the annual standardized exams. Principal Natalie Gordon and Assistant Principal Greg Dohmann do this every year. "Testing can be a v...
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Metro Connection Segments Maryland Couple Shows Rushing Into Marriage Not Always A Bad Idea ...
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Metro Connection Segments Kids Live History At One-Room Seneca Schoolhouse In Maryland ...
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The public charter school system in D.C. saw a significant decrease in its overall high school graduation rate last year. It fell to 68.9 percent from a rate of 75.6 percent the previous year. Scott Pearson, the executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, says the board is still looking into why there's been the drop of nearly 7 percentage points. The inform...
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Update: The charter school board has now provided the graduation rate data, showing that it fell last year: Reported 6:05 a.m.: Recent data from the Department of Education put the national graduation rate at 81 percent, a record high. But the gr...