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Senior Early Childhood Reporter
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
This year, the Rowland Unified School District will give music classes to all elementary students. While music teachers are excited, some worry about implementation.
Arts standards in California haven’t been touched since 2001. State legislators Tuesday passed a bill to bring them up to date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Twenty-five years ago, a two-week musical theater program was launched to help at-risk youth. It changed this man's life.
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.
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.
With the changes, the performing arts center hopes to create a "town square" that will draw in people of all ethnic and economic backgrounds.
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.
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.
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.