Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

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Priska Neely is KPCC’s Senior Early Childhood Reporter, covering issues facing children 0-5 and those who care for them.

She joined the station in 2015, as KPCC’s arts education reporter. Prior to that, Priska was a producer at NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. She coordinated film and television coverage for the show and reported stories for the network — mostly about entertainment and robots. Before that, she was part of the team at NPR's live, call–in show Talk of the Nation in Washington, D.C.

Priska was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and studied journalism at New York University.

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Stories by Priska Neely

Lisa Loeb sings a new song

She was one of 17 professional songwriters who spent a day with teen girls teaching them the tricks of the trade and then performing songs they'd written.

The LA-area 'creative economy' is getting stronger

The number of jobs linked to art, culture and design in the LA area is on the rise, according to the latest report from the Otis College of Art and Design.

Kendrick Lamar brings Compton kids to the Grammys

At the Grammys Monday, Compton-native Kendrick Lamar let his pride for his past shine bright. And he brought a group of kids from his high school to the show.

Granada Hills wins LAUSD decathlon, preps for state

After coming in on top, the reigning champions are busy prepping for the state competition in March. They usually practice after school until 8 p.m. and on Saturdays.

After Super Bowl, a joyful homecoming for young musicians

Forty students from the LA Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra LA provided backup for Coldplay at the halftime show. Back at Disney Hall, they were treated like stars.

Immigrant students sharpen English skills with poetry

A big adjustment for a lot of kids new to the country is learning to speak English. At one school, the performing arts are helping students improve language skills.

It's official, UCLA has a school of music

The Board of Regents voted Thursday to formally establish the Herb Alpert School of Music. It’s the first free-standing music school in the UC system.

Can an insider reform LAUSD? Former colleagues say yes

Even as she ascended to the district’s top ranks, new LAUSD superintendent Michelle King has stayed out of the spotlight. But her former colleagues give clues to her leadership style.

For some teachers, winter break means art lessons

During a four-day workshop, LAUSD teachers learned techniques for using theatre, dance, music and visual art to support Common Core standards.

Pulling strings to start an elementary school orchestra

Students at Huntington Park Elementary School were inspired to create an orchestra. But the school didn't have instruments. Here's how they got them.

LAUSD marching band shrugs off the rain to prep for parade

Members of the All City Honor Marching Band spent hours in the rain outside Dodger Stadium last week to build endurance for the 5.5. mile parade on New Years Day.

The 'rare beauty' in a ballet class for 'all kids'

Kids with special needs often struggle to find a safe space for dance. Bonnie Schlachte teaches classical ballet to students with autism, cerebral palsy and more.

School's arts program helps San Bernardino students bounce back

At Barton Elementary school, one of the most useful ways to help students cope after the nearby shooting was already a big part of its curriculum.

San Bernardino school district holds meeting to improve emergency response

The goal of the "after-action review" was to give the community a chance to review the school district's response to crisis without judgment and determine what could be better.

Using visual art to draw students into coding

Some schools offer classes that combine art and coding to reach a more diverse body of students.