Kitty Felde Washington, D.C. Correspondent

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Kitty Felde is KPCC's Washington, D.C. Correspondent.

Before moving to the nation's capital, Kitty hosted KPCC's "Talk of the City" from 1997-2006.

In addition to her work in Los Angeles, Felde has reported from Africa and The Hague on AIDS and the war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and Bosnia.

When Felde puts down her microphone, she puts on her pointed shoes in ballet class. She's also an award-winning playwright. Her work has been produced at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., and at various theaters in New York and Los Angeles. If you look very closely in Woody Allen's "Radio Days," you'll spot her playing the role of Mrs. Riley.

Stories by Kitty Felde

Harbor City Fire

There's a brush fire burning not 200 feet away from oil storage tanks in Harbor City off Vermont. Fire helicopters are chasing away water fowl to suck up water from the lake in Harbor Park.

Supreme Court takes up Mojave Desert cross monument case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in the case of a cross on a hillside in the middle of California’s Mojave desert. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

The Supremes

Sitting in on oral arguments before the US Supreme Court is some of the best theatre in Washington. The only problem: most of the press is stuck off to one side, peering around heavy red velvet curtains (trimmed in even heavier gold tassels) and marble columns and even bronze gates to see the action.

Dalai Lama receives award on Capitol Hill

The Dalai Lama was not invited to the White House this week, but he got a big reception on Capitol Hill today.  KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says congressional leaders presented the Tibetan Buddhist leader with the first Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize.

Cell phones may become contraband in federal prison

It’s not a crime to for an inmate to have a cell phone in federal prison. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says there’s a move to change that.

Medicaid change could cost California billions

This week, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on its version of a health care bill. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports that Governor Schwarzenegger says part of that bill could cost California billions of dollars.

Preview of US Supreme Court cases important to California

It’s the first Monday in October, the official start of the new session of the US Supreme Court. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says several California cases will come before the court.

GI BIll snafus

Military veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible for college money under the new GI Bill. But dozens of California Congressional members say vets aren’t getting their money in time for school. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Deep Thoughts

The schedule of hearings on Capitol Hill looked like the usual stuff: missile defense, the Afghan elections, an update on the stimulus package...and then there's this item:

Senate Democrats introduce climate bill

Senate Democrats Wednesday unveiled their version of a proposal to fight global warming. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says California’s junior senator touts the measure as a job creator.

House passes arson registry bill

The House of Representatives Wednesday passed a measure that could make it easier to track down serial arsonists. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde has the details.

Where's the Bill?

After an hour of standing on the lawn outside the Capitol, listening to a parade of Senators pat each other on the back over coming to an agreement on a climate change bill, there was only one thing missing: a copy of the actual bill.

Energy Snafus

Ironic that the press conference where California Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the Senate climate change bill experienced its own energy crisis.

Lawmakers look to persuade most vulnerable to get swine flu vaccine

The "swine flu" vaccine is ready and on its way to California. Now the question is how to persuade the most vulnerable to get vaccinated. KPCC's Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says that's the question one California lawmaker had for a top government health doctor at a congressional hearing Tuesday.

Flu Grandstanding

Swine flu - or H1N1 - was the topic at a House hearing, but the overall health care debate temporarily took over the room.