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

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.

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.