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

Polluted Preschools: 169 LA childcare centers are too close to freeways

A KPCC investigation found 169 childcare centers located too close to highly-trafficked freeways, putting small children's health at risk.

7 things to know about dual-language schools in LA

Dual-language schools, also known as two-way immersion schools, are becoming a popular option for parents in Southern California.

Preschool advocates cheer new Assembly speaker, one of their own

Before he was speaker of the California Assembly, Anthony Rendon ran preschools in Los Angeles. Now, early childhood advocates hope he'll keep them top of mind.

Not just Flint: Environmental contamination in LA

Southern California Public Radio's Early Childhood correspondent, Deepa Fernandes breaks down environmental contamination in Los Angeles.

How do we solve the preschool crisis?

California has a preschool access problem. Here are four ideas policymakers and advocates are considering to help solve the problem, with the pros and cons of each.

In Silicon Valley, a bold approach to preschool access

In a child care desert, with high rates of poverty and crime, one neighborhood tries a different approach to help more children prepare for kindergarten.

LAO gives mixed grade to governor's childcare overhaul plan

The governor's new plan may help solve some of the confusion rampant in the state's early childhood system, but it might make other problems worse, the Legislative Analyst's Office finds.

A case against Walmart that could improve LGBT rights in the workplace

Over a thousand current and former employees have filed  suit against the retail giant Walmart over health benefits for same sex couples.

Biologists fascinated by three-legged bobcat

Before releasing her into the wild, National Parks Service video-recorded a bobcat, put a tracking device on her and gave her a name: B337.

Candidates are hoping to strike electoral gold in the Silver State

On Saturday, Democratic caucusgoers will gather at firehouses, schools and even a few casinos throughout Nevada to decide the tight race.

La Verne runner reflects after Olympic trials

After coming up short in the Olympic try-outs, University of La Verne grad student Lenore Moreno says she will always be a runner.

Inside the struggle to alleviate student poverty in LA schools

Almost 80 percent of pupils in LA qualify for free lunch based on family income — that's well above the state and national average.

Kendrick Lamar’s performance might signal new chapter for music

Taylor Swift may have won the top prize at the Grammys Monday night, but it was Kendrick Lamar who stirred social media with his politically charged performance.

The next hope for an Alzheimer's cure is a pill

Alice Park and Dr. Frank Longo join the show to speak about this week's Time Magazine, in an issue devoted to longevity in aging and the new Alzheimer's pill.

Meet the Grammy hopeful who's a hit with preschoolers

Jose-Luis Orozco doesn't spend a lot of time in hip clubs or on arena tours. He's most often seen performing on the local preschool and elementary school circuit.