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

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.

NEA awards more than $4 million to California arts projects

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 178 grants to projects that foster the creation and presentation of art, as well as community engagement.

California's new poet laureate preaches the power of poetry

Poet and professor Dana Gioia was appointed by the governor for a two-year term. He hopes to reach artists and students outside of the state's metropolitan areas.

'Star Wars' mania becomes a force in schools and classrooms

Riding that wave, some L.A. Unified schools will host "Star Wars"-themed, anti-bullying assemblies next year. Some teachers already use the films as an engagement tool.

New pot of arts funding heads to LAUSD schools

More than a million dollars in new funding for the arts went to schools based on enrollment and need.

Pasadena after-school arts program honored by White House

The Armory Center for the Arts program Art High has been singled out by the White House as an after-school art program that's changing lives.

Legislative committee probes lack of mandated arts education

A hearing convened by the Joint Committee on the Arts discussed why California schools aren't providing legally mandated arts lessons.