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

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.

'24' reboot criticized for rehashing Muslim stereotypes

The show will premiere just a week after President Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Super Bowl ads mean mega exposure for brands and bands

The licensing fees for songs can range from the mid six-figures for a older classic to seven-figures for a new hit. Musicians can count on a bump in sales and streaming.

5 things educators want in the state's new arts standards

After more than 15 years, the standards for teaching arts in schools are getting an update. The state convened groups of educators to give input on the changes.

Iranian-American concert promoter forced to cancel shows

Shari Rezai was forced to cancel upcoming shows in L.A. with Iranian musicians after President Trump's travel ban rendered their performance visas null.

Youth theater company puts politics on stage

When the Wallis Youth Theater Company convened last fall, they couldn't stop talking about the election. Their new play puts the political climate onto the stage.

Sundance 2017: The festival is decidedly political this year

Frame host John Horn shares updates from Park City, Utah, where the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is underway, with a focus on activism — both political and environmental.