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

LAUSD aims to increase access to instrumental music

With $356,000 approved for the purchase of instruments earlier this year, the district hopes to increase access to schools like Huntington Park Elementary.

Arts and transit: Can they both thrive at Bergamot Station?

Santa Monica says it's committed to preserving Bergamot's art galleries. But as the metro opens there, gallerists fear a wave of development that could push them out.

Kids design the darnedest water-wise cities

City planners and public works officials heard plans from elementary and middle school students on ways to build a more water-friendly city.

Music teachers dip into their own paychecks to push students forward

For decades, an association of LAUSD elementary music teachers have taken salary reductions to fund scholarships for private lessons for exceptional students.

A play about middle school, brought to you by high schoolers

The play is called "Kaleidoscope" and it explores the rollercoaster that is junior high. The play is performed by high schoolers who consulted preteens to develop it.

How the arts unified one school's special ed and typical kids

A few years ago, Grand View Blvd. Elementary absorbed the special education center next door. The arts have played a key role in bringing the students together.

Bringing USC's acting school into the digital age

"The old paradigm of train hard, get an agent and wait for the phone to ring is long dead," said David Bridel. Actors need be trained to create their own content.

Fremont High Sex Squad scores with teens

Remixing pop songs and performing skits about about HIV transmission, safe sex and consent, these teens deliver comprehensive sexual education to their peers.

At a school in Watts, words ignite and pain turns to prose

At College Bridge Academy, where many students have experienced trauma, spoken word is helping students uplift others and process their own pain.

After just a year of training, a ballerina gets a big chance

Madeline Czekaj, 15, will spend a week in New York at the world's largest student ballet competition. More than 1,000 dancers compete for prestigious scholarships.

Theater and dance teaching credentials bill takes a leap forward

The state Senate Education Committee voted unanimously today in support of a bill that would create dance and theater teaching credentials. Why does it matter?

Schools across LAUSD put the arts on display in Grand Park

East L.A. meets west L.A., and San Fernando meets San Pedro, as students from all across the district gather to showcase performing arts, films and visual art downtown.

Classical musicians take on trivia and Taylor Swift

The Pacific Symphony is experimenting to see if interactive concerts featuring pub trivia in busy public spaces will entice people to seek out the formal experience.

Hip-hop studies conference drops a beat

Can academia be a comfortable place for hip-hop artists? Should it be? These are among the issues a UC Riverside conference will address this weekend.

Advocates gather at City Hall to urge more investment in the arts

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declared this week Arts Week, while arts advocates gathered at City Hall on Wednesday to push for more funding.