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

At an open mic for veterans, a chance to jam and bond

"This is the only place in town where you can come out and see the talent that’s in the veteran community here in Hollywood," says actor Michael Broderick.

The art of transformation at a Watts elementary school

Florence Griffith Joyner elementary, a struggling school in Watts, is hinging its improvement plan on a turbo-shot of the arts.

What does STEAM really look like in schools?

Resources for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — are now plentiful in schools. But there are fewer guidelines on how to add the "A," or art, into the mix.

Ahead of first tour, Youth Orchestra LA turns on the drama

The L.A. Philharmonic’s youth orchestra is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a California tour. To prepare, the young musicians are practicing more than music.

New arts ed data highlights gaps in hopes of spurring change

More than 100,000 students attending California schools last year had no access to arts instruction, according to data released Thursday.

The 'Get Lit' school program helps young poets find a voice — and self-confidence

Get Lit started ten years ago as an effort to use poetry as a way to increase teen literacy — and it’s working.

'The Birth of a Nation': To see or not to see?

The film has been overshadowed by an old rape case against writer, director and star Nate Parker. With the movie opening this week, we talk about why audiences should, or should not, buy a ticket.

Surprise millions for school arts and sciences

A real estate development group announced a $20 million gift to the Irvine Unified School District to fund elementary arts and science programs for the next decade.

Surprise millions for school arts and sciences

A real estate development group announced a $20 million gift to the Irvine Unified School District to fund elementary arts and science programs for the next decade.

LAUSD makes home visits to bring dropouts back to school

On the eighth annual Student Recovery Day, district officials and volunteers sat down with families to talk about how to get students back in the classroom.

Growing pains as a music program expands to all students

This year, the Rowland Unified School District will give music classes to all elementary students. While music teachers are excited, some worry about implementation.

Visual and performing arts standards are set for a makeover

Arts standards in California haven’t been touched since 2001. State legislators Tuesday passed a bill to bring them up to date.

$10.1 million gift creates rare music education scholarships

Thanks to a $10.1 million donation from the Herb Alpert Foundation, hundreds of music majors at the Los Angeles City College will be able to study for free starting next fall.

Bringing students back to Inglewood

After four years under state control, Inglewood Unified is still in trouble. The state administrator in charge of turning it around shares his goals for the year.

Scenes and sounds from the first day of school in Burbank

With the first day of school at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Burbank, comes a "Boohoo Woohoo" breakfast for parents and some high hopes from students.