Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

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Priska Neely covers issues facing children 0-5 and those who care for them, and the policies and research that shape early childhood.

She co-reported Broke: Why more California families are becoming homeless, which won the award for best radio documentary from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. She joined the station in 2015, as KPCC’s arts education reporter. Prior to that, Priska was at NPR for “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.”

Priska was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she spent her first five years in her mom’s home day care. She studied journalism at New York University.

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Stories by Priska Neely

A UCLA professor's call to root our racism in research

In the latest issue of the journal "Ethnicity & Disease," Chandra Ford calls out the public health field and challenges researchers to recognizes bias.

Trump border wall faces new legal challenge

A federal appeals court in Pasadena heard from attorneys Tuesday who say President Trump's proposed border wall violates more than 30 environmental laws.

Preschool access varies wildly depending on where kids live

Seventy-one percent of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a licensed center or school setting. But access to those programs varies wildly across L.A. County and the state.

Why are black babies twice as likely to die as white babies in the US?

It’s not easy to talk about infant mortality rates, but one ugly statistic is causing alarm: black babies around the country are twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday.

Empowering moms – and dads – in the black infant mortality crisis

Ohio has some of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation. Community organizations are working to give parents tangible tools to help, with a focus on dads.

Saving black babies by saving a neighborhood

The Castlemont neighborhood in East Oakland is known as a Best Babies Zone. The idea of the initiative is that improving life for all residents will ultimately save babies.

What's behind the high black infant mortality rates? Racism, not race

Experts say one of the reasons black babies are more likely to die is because of a tendency to ignore one of the underlying causes: systemic racism.

These people have dedicated their lives to keeping black babies alive

There are so many public health workers, researchers and community organizers across the country who have dedicated their lives to improving birth outcomes for black babies.

Keeping black babies alive is a priority for LA's top health officials

Black babies in Los Angeles County are three times more likely to die before their first birthdays than white babies. Health officials want to change that.

America's black babies are paying for society's ills. What will we do to fix it?

The issue is complex, but the data is straightforward – black babies are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. The issue is not new but we know more about the causes than ever before. Will society fix it?

After losing her son, this LA mom's mission is saving black babies

After Raena Granberry lost her first baby, she turned her grief and anger into action. Now she does community outreach for a group that's working to close the gap.

How the black infant mortality crisis touched my family

Black babies in the U.S. are twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies. KPCC's Priska Neely has a personal connection to this issue.

Black babies die at twice the rate of white babies. My family is part of this statistic

Black babies in the U.S. are twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies. KPCC's Priska Neely realized her family has been touched by this issue.

Being a dad is awesome. And these LA dads are living proof.

KPCC In Person recently held a conversation with a panel of men who shared their experiences of fatherhood. The ultimate takeaway: Being a dad is awesome and we should talk about that more.

Why tiny brains are getting massive attention in the California governor's race

Early childhood advocates have been working for years ahead of the election to make sure the top candidates are thinking about the state's youngest constituents.