Kavitha Cardoza is a freelance journalist and has covered education and poverty for almost 20 years. She is currently serving as Public Editor for Education Writers Association.

Cardoza was awarded a Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship in 2021-2022. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and the Hechinger Report. Most recently she worked as correspondent for Education Week/PBS Newshour, WAMU in Washington, D.C. and Illinois Public Radio in Springfield, Illinois.

Cardoza received multiple national awards for her work, including Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) first place award in 2015 for her documentary, “Breaking Ground: Lower Income, Higher Ed,” and a 2013 Education Writers Association award for investigative Reporting on Adult Education. Her documentary series aired on more than 150 public radio stations.

Kavitha has taught journalism courses at George Washington University, University of California Berkeley, American University, and the University of Illinois. She has a master’s degrees in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication in India.