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

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.

Scientists confirm the existence of gravitational waves

The ripples in space and time have finally been proven to be real after a century-long search. Now how do they factor into our understanding of the cosmos?

Echo Park Lake hosts LA's first floating library

Thursday marks the first day of the floating library's weekend at Echo Park Lake. The library will feature books and creations submitted by L.A. artists.

Amid preschool seat shortage, LAUSD has hundreds of openings

LAUSD has hundreds of unfilled preschool seats; officials say messaging needs to be better to inform parents about the importance of preschool.

Gaps in preschool access largest for Latino kids

Latino children aren't enrolling in early education programs, because there are not enough childcare seats in the places where those children live.

No new money for preschool in governor's budget proposal

A proposed $1.6 billion Early Learning Block Grant might seem like the state's kids hit the jackpot but the proposal doesn't actually add any new funds for early ed.

Teaching kids alternate version of the first Thanksgiving story

For Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a celebration of "continued existence," so how to teach this to kids?

Lead exposure risks sleep problems in children, study finds

A study of children in China found the presence of high lead levels in their blood places them at risk for sleep problems like insomnia.

Babies born 12 weeks early can suffer long-term academic deficits, study says

New study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that medical complications after an early birth can persist through childhood.

Child care workers receiving poverty wages, study finds

Ninety percent of all Los Angeles County child care workers can't meet basic living expenses, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute.