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

SoCal's elite marching band is ready to rock the Rose Bowl

The Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps is part of a show at the Rose Bowl Saturday. About 20 hours of practice time goes into each minute of a performance.

To increase arts equity, LA county starts with town halls

For ideas on increasing diversity in arts, the L.A. County Arts Commission held a series of 12 town halls in neighborhoods all across the county.

From juvenile camp to a career in the arts

Arts organizations are bringing more classes into juvenile detention centers and building a bridge to careers in the creative economy for formerly incarcerated youth.

Music study speeds brain development in children, study shows

Early results of a five-year study provide evidence that music training accelerates development of the auditory pathway, which could help with overall communication.

Artists step in to reimagine spaces for juvenile offenders

As L.A. County phases out the use of solitary confinement for minors, the arts are becoming a tool for reimagining those units and shifting the culture overall.

Turnaround Arts adopts more struggling schools in California

The program seeks to improve low-performing schools by infusing the arts into every aspect of instruction. Six more schools will join the ranks.

LAUSD aims to increase access to instrumental music

With $356,000 approved for the purchase of instruments earlier this year, the district hopes to increase access to schools like Huntington Park Elementary.

Arts and transit: Can they both thrive at Bergamot Station?

Santa Monica says it's committed to preserving Bergamot's art galleries. But as the metro opens there, gallerists fear a wave of development that could push them out.

Kids design the darnedest water-wise cities

City planners and public works officials heard plans from elementary and middle school students on ways to build a more water-friendly city.

Music teachers dip into their own paychecks to push students forward

For decades, an association of LAUSD elementary music teachers have taken salary reductions to fund scholarships for private lessons for exceptional students.

A play about middle school, brought to you by high schoolers

The play is called "Kaleidoscope" and it explores the rollercoaster that is junior high. The play is performed by high schoolers who consulted preteens to develop it.

How the arts unified one school's special ed and typical kids

A few years ago, Grand View Blvd. Elementary absorbed the special education center next door. The arts have played a key role in bringing the students together.

Bringing USC's acting school into the digital age

"The old paradigm of train hard, get an agent and wait for the phone to ring is long dead," said David Bridel. Actors need be trained to create their own content.

Fremont High Sex Squad scores with teens

Remixing pop songs and performing skits about about HIV transmission, safe sex and consent, these teens deliver comprehensive sexual education to their peers.

At a school in Watts, words ignite and pain turns to prose

At College Bridge Academy, where many students have experienced trauma, spoken word is helping students uplift others and process their own pain.