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

California graduation rates keep rising, achievement gap narrows

Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced today that 83.2 percent of students in the class of 2016 graduated – a record high.

At-risk teens work with pros to put Chicano history on stage

In continuation high schools, for teens at risk of dropping out, arts instruction is sparse. On Friday, a play made by and for these students opens in East L.A.

Another step forward for LA's arts diversity initiative

After a series of town halls and surveys, the board of supervisors passed 13-item plan for increasing diversity in arts institutions.

Merging mental health and creative expression

The Expressive Therapies Summit equips artists and mental health workers with new tools to help patients process trauma and grief.

Netflix is the elephant in the room at CinemaCon 2017

Movie theater owners and studio executives have descended on Las Vegas to preview upcoming films and examine the fate of the movie business.

For this school to transform, teachers must become students

Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary is betting on the arts to turn the school around. As part of the process, teachers are learning new ways to engage students.

What NEA support for arts education looks like in California

Amid worries about cuts to the NEA, KPCC's Priska Neely examines what the federal agency's funding for arts programming in the state looks like on the ground.

Meet the poet representing LA in statewide competition

Cennemi Diaz, a senior at Millikan High School in Long Beach, will compete in the Poetry Out Loud competition in Sacramento this weekend.

Teaching LA high schoolers about August Wilson

Students at three high schools are spending the semester studying the playwright's work, including Fences. The program is run by Center Theatre Group.

Hammer Museum helps families explore social issues with art

How would you defeat racism? That's the question the Hammer Museum is urging families to explore this weekend as part of new series of art-making workshops.

'Art Prof' launches site to expand arts ed access

Clara Lieu, adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, is launching a site to deliver fine arts education to the masses across the country.

Using data to paint a complete picture of LA arts ed

With a new research project announced today, L.A. County wants to paint a more detailed picture of the state of arts education in its 80 school districts.

The classrooms of Culver City are rich with theater arts

Six performing arts organizations partner with the district to give students access to more theater programming than anywhere else in L.A. County.

Teen teacher-in-training finds purpose in music

Kim Nguyen says music helped her find her purpose in the world. At 18, she's studying music education and wants to help other young musicians do the same.

SNL enlists Melissa McCarthy to turn up heat on Trump White House

Saturday Night Live's history with political satire goes back to the Ford administration. What makes this season different is that the president is taking note.