Deepa Fernandes Early Childhood Development Correspondent

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Deepa Fernandes is the Early Childhood Development Correspondent at KPCC.

Deepa began her radio career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney in 1995. From there she lived and traveled in Latin America, reporting for the ABC and BBC World Service.

On arriving in New York City in the late 90s, Fernandes joined Pacifica Radio as the anchor of the national evening newscast and later as the host of the live, three-hour morning show on WBAI, 99.5fm. She also founded and ran a national nonprofit, People’s Production House, that conducts journalism trainings in minority communities.

Fernandes published her first book, “Targeted. Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration,” published by 7 Stories Press, in 2006. In 2012, she was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Fernandes has an MA from Columbia University.

Fernandes is well suited to KPCC’s new beat of Early Childhood Development as she is the mother of two toddlers under 4, perhaps the most challenging job she has ever had.

Stories by Deepa Fernandes

Preschool expansion bill awaits Governor's signature

Is California's preschool bill the way to help low-income kids get ahead?

Child care unaffordable for low-wage workers, report finds

An analysis from the Economic Policy Institute reports that almost half of a low-wage workers salary goes to child care costs in California.

The real-life story of the first Pakistani woman to summit Mt. Everest

At 22, Samina Baig became the first Pakistani woman to reach the summit, all in the name of gender equality and female empowerment.

Men with 'black' names imagined as violent, UCLA study finds

Men with black-sounding names, such as Jamal or Deshawn, are imagined as physically larger and more violent, a new UCLA study has found.

New law regulates prescription drugs for foster children

Karen de Sa discovered that nearly one in four foster children in California was prescribed powerful psychotropic drugs, some only legal to use on adults.

CA End of Life proponent: 'It's been a long journey'

Christy O'Donnell, one of California's most vocal proponents of End of Life legislation, is speaking out after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill.

In college and adulthood, some 'helicopter parents' still hover

The idea of being a 'helicopter parent' is a style moms and dads try not to fall into when their children are young. But what happens in college and beyond?

How REAP works, and how it helps LA's renters

Linda Kite, executive director of the Healthy Homes Collaborative, joins the show to explain how REAP works, and how effective the program is.

Reports call for better training, pay for early education teachers

A new study from the New America Foundation says teachers need better training and compensation to raise the quality of preschools.

No change in child poverty despite economic recovery, report says

Half of all states, including California, are struggling to lift kids out of poverty, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation report.

Harm at Home: Mold, roaches trigger asthma, respiratory illness in South LA kids

In South Los Angeles, as with many inner city communities, addressing mold and roaches that contribute to asthma and chronic school absences takes a broader approach.

Harm at Home: In South LA, lead scourge of decades past persists

Lead-based paint was banned in the 1970s, yet in the old housing of South Los Angeles, peeling paint continues to impact the health of children.

FAQ: What you need to know about lead in the home

If you know or suspect your home is exposed to lead, either through paint, dust tracked in from the outside or other sources, here's some information that can help.

Report: Culture of low expectations hurts immigrant preschoolers

A new study from the Migration Policy Institute says young immigrant children can be hurt by discrimination in school, leading to a lack of interest in academics.

South LA relatives caring for children of kin seek equal treatment

Grandmothers, aunts and uncles who care for children of relatives unable to do it themselves want what non-relatives get from the foster care system.