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
Fifty years ago, the Brooklyn Dodgers moved west to become the Los Angeles Dodgers. In June of 1958, Los Angeles voters approved the land swap that would allow Walter O'Malley to build Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine. That's why he'd moved his team to L.A. But he couldn't break ground for his new ballpark - at least, not yet. In the final part of her 10-part series, KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde finishes the tale of how the Dodgers came to L.A.
Thirty years ago, musician Danny Elfman led his quirky rock band Oingo Boingo on stage before a small but loyal crowd of fans at U.C. Irvine. This week, Elfman is back in Orange County with a different sort of theatrical troupe. American Ballet Theatre will perform the West Coast premiere of a new ballet by Twyla Tharp, a co-production with the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Danny Elfman composed the music. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde found the underground bunker that serves as Elfman's studio for a conversation about making music.
What was the greatest day in the Dodgers' 50 years in Los Angeles? A fan today might think it was last Thursday, when the team grabbed slugger Manny Ramirez. Most might say the day Kirk Gibson hit his famous home run to win the first game of the 1988 World Series. But how about June 3, 1958? That's the day L.A. voters let Walter O'Malley do what he'd come west to do - build his team the greatest baseball stadium ever. KPCC Special Correspondent Kitty Felde says it's the next chapter in the story of how the Dodgers came to Los Angeles.
It's been more than a decade since Southern Californians have had to practice their earthquake skills. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde sat down with Lucy Jones, of the US Geological Survey, to review what it is we're supposed to do next time the earth starts to shake. Here's a clue: Don't try to run out of the building.
It was a big day when the Dodgers finally arrived in Los Angeles. The town turned out for a tickertape parade. But team owner Walter O'Malley's dream of a gleaming ballpark in Chavez Ravine, the reason he'd come west, was still several years off. First, he'd have to navigate his way around lawsuits, a nasty eviction, and a ballot referendum. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde continues her series about how the Dodgers came to L.A.
It's a buyers market for Southern California real estate; and that's especially true in the local mountains. Prices are down and supply is up, fueled largely by foreclosures on the market. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde says if you're looking for a bargain, head for the hills.
It seemed like such a good idea at the time: LA wanted the Dodgers; Brooklyn Dodger owner Walter O'Malley wanted Chavez Ravine for a new stadium; and the city now owned Chavez Ravine, after the plan to build public housing there failed. What could go wrong? KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde continues her series about how the Dodgers came west 50 years ago.
It may be hard to imagine when you're eating a Dodger Dog out in the left field bleachers, but half a century ago, there were vibrant neighborhoods in Chavez Ravine. There was a Catholic Church, corner markets and a sense of community that survived long after the houses were torn down. Eminent domain claimed Chavez Ravine for public housing that was never built. Many children who grew up in the Ravine still nurture bittersweet memories of the old neighborhood. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde continues her series about the Dodgers' move from Brooklyn.
One of the wonders of Dodger Stadium is the fact that it's surrounded by freeways. Fans leaving the stadium can jump on the Pasadena, the Golden State or Hollywood Freeways. It was those freeways that first attracted Walter O'Malley to the land; but it would be a long battle before the Dodger owner could finally build in Chavez Ravine. In part five of her series, KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde tells the tale of the battle of Chavez Ravine.
The idea of taking a road trip these days puts some people off now that gas costs more than $4.50 a gallon. But taking to the road to see inspiring sights is the right of every American, a right recognized by no less than the U.S. Supreme Court. That ruling was inspired by a California road: Pacific Coast Highway. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.
Fifty years ago this week, more than 66,000 fans showed up at the Coliseum to watch the Dodgers play the St. Louis Cardinals in a doubleheader. In their first season in L.A., the Dodgers were a box office hit at the Coliseum; but they figured to be a bigger sensation near the Arroyo Seco, a few miles north. In part four of her series about the Dodgers' move west, KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde explains how Dodger Stadium ended up in Chavez Ravine.
When you buy a house, the deed to the property often contains all sorts of information, such as a legal description of the property. It may also include a paragraph that explicitly forbids people of color from living in your neighborhood. Covenants restricting race and religion have been illegal for years, but they still show up in legal documents. One lawmaker wants to erase the racial restrictions. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde says the State Senate Judiciary Committee heard the measure yesterday.
Lots of people helped bring the Dodgers to Los Angeles 50 years ago, but the late Dodger owner Walter O'Malley was the only one with the vision and the business smarts to make it happen. The New York Irishman, who's still loathed in Brooklyn, out-maneuvered politicians on both coasts to find a bigger audience for his "Boys in Blue." In part three of her series on the Dodgers' move west, KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde profiles the old Irishman who brought big league baseball to L.A.
Gay and lesbian couples all over California are ready to tie the knot, legally, at last. But some of those taking out marriage licenses are already old married couples, complete with a mortgage and a baby. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde dropped in on one such couple in the San Fernando Valley.
Most of us in Southern California came here from someplace else. Fifty years ago, L.A.'s most famous sports transplants, the Dodgers, unpacked their bats and gloves to settle in the Southland from Brooklyn. In the second of a seven-part series, KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde tells the tale of how the Dodgers came to L.A. fifty years ago.