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


The US Capitol Police offered their own tribute to actor Patrick Swayze. As folks passed through the metal detector, one of the chattier officers quizzed visitors about their favorite Swayze role.

California House Democrats determined to keep public option

The health care debate has shifted to the Senate where the Finance Committee is expected to tackle its version of a reform bill next week. But House Democrats from California are determined to keep their health care plan on the table. KPCC's Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Busy Day

It's going to be a lively day on Capitol Hill. Bright and early, the Speaker and the Chairs of the three House committees tackling health care are meeting for a special forum on the topic.

SoCal economists ponder Lehman's collapse a year later

Economist Ed Leamer says a year ago this month, he and his colleagues at UCLA's Anderson School of Management were expecting the economy to soften in the rest of 2008. Then Lehman Brothers collapsed.

California lawmakers lobby for funding in DC

There’s no more money to be squeezed from the California budget, so state lawmakers have come to the place where they print the money – Washington, D.C. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

California lawmakers divided over malpractice reform

In Wednesday night’s speech on health care, President Obama offered a concession to Republicans. He said he was willing to consider reforming malpractice laws. California adopted a big reform more than 30 years ago. State lawmakers capped “pain and suffering” awards in medical malpractice cases. Did it cut down the cost of medicine in California? And could it cut medical costs nationally? KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says those are very good questions.

Reaction to President Obama's health care speech

President Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress last night on his health care proposal... perhaps we should call it a “disjointed” session. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde was in the gallery. Kitty tells Steve Julian what the atmosphere was like after South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson called out “you lie” when the President said undocumented immigrants wouldn’t be covered under his health care plan.

Congressman Joe Wilson catcalls president during address to Congress

President Obama made his pitch for health care reform before a joint session of Congress last night. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde was in the House gallery last night when one member called the president a liar.

Sitting in the Gallery

It's a completely different ballgame, sitting in the House Gallery watching the President make a speech to Congress. It's louder, for one thing. You sit about 30 feet above the action, where the "whispering" among members is really distracting.

Congresswoman Waters expects Obama to support public option

Tomorrow night, President Obama will speak to a joint session of Congress in an effort to jumpstart the health care debate. One L.A. congresswoman expects to hear the president come out strongly for a public health insurance option. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

There Goes The President

We all know where the President will be tomorrow night: in the Capitol, telling a rare joint session of Congress what he thinks should be in a health care bill.

Post office renamed to honor Johnny Grant

He was known as the "Mayor of Hollywood," and now the late Johnny Grant is the man whose name graces the Hollywood post office. KPCC's Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Southern Californians travel to Virginia to compete in game of Go

With games, simplicity endures - a chess board of 64 squares, a deck of 52 cards, or the simplest of all: a Go board that’s empty. Go is game of quiet strategy that’s captivated players for more than a millennium, from ancient China to a college auditorium in Virginia last month. That’s where hundreds of Go enthusiasts met for the 25th U.S. Go Congress. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde caught up with some Southern Californians who traveled across the country to play against some Go pros.

The Lions Roar No More

Teddy Kennedy and Dominick Dunne - a pair of lions whose roar was silenced today.

Senator Boxer's new book a Capitol Hill thriller

California’s junior senator, Barbara Boxer, has just written her second novel. As you’d expect from someone who’s served in Congress for more than 25 years, the book is a political thriller. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde caught up with Boxer as she embarked on a summer book tour.