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

This young dancer's journey to the stage was a 'good mistake'

Joshua Castro started dancing when his mom accidentally signed him up for a hip-hop class. He got hooked. In high school, he says dance saved his life.

How 2 teens started taking digital art seriously

Growing up, these students got the idea that a career in art was a waste of time. Going to a high school with a digital arts focus got them hooked.

Firefighter's families weather long wildfire seasons

"Hotshot" firefighters work for weeks away from family during the dry months. “Sometimes I don’t even recognize him because he is covered in smoke and dirt," one wife said.

Sneaking teen life lessons into song and dance

Twenty-five years ago, a two-week musical theater program was launched to help at-risk youth. It changed this man's life.

An unlikely rapper finds his true voice

Tobias Hess, 16, knows he's not what you might expect for a rapper. That used to keep him from sharing his music, but not anymore.

From 'invisible' to 'important': Teen poetry in motion

Vanessa Tahay, 17, found the words to share the story of her journey to the U.S. through spoken word poetry. "It made me into a stronger person," she said.

Music Center Plaza makeover aims to increase arts diversity

With the changes, the performing arts center hopes to create a "town square" that will draw in people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds.

How young adults with autism are making movie magic

The Exceptional Minds vocational school trains young adults on the autism spectrum in visual effects and animation. In this detailed work, they have an edge.

With increased state funds, the California Arts Council expands its reach

The state agency issued a historic number of grants this year. The increased funding comes as the state continues to invest more in the arts.

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.