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

JPL takes mini rover out for test drive

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena tinkering in their workshops have come up with what could be the next space vehicle. Now they've taken it on a test drive. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde reports on the little rover known as "Axel."

Inauguration reactions from around the Southland

It was an Inauguration, not a coronation. In offices, church auditoriums, schools, and transitional shelters, President Obama's swearing in today drew attention from people across the social and political spectrum. KPCC's Frank Stoltze begins our survey of the way people throughout the Southland responded to the 44th President of the United States.

Lynwood throws its own Inauguration ball

If you can't make it to Washington, D.C. for the Obama Inauguration, you can still put on your tux and your dancing shoes and attend an inaugural ball. All you need to do is head down the 710 Freeway. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde has this preview of the Lynwood Presidential Inaugural Celebration Ball.

Local lawyer prosecutes Rwandan genocide

Last month, an international tribunal convicted the mastermind of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Nearly a million people in that Africa nation died in just a few months of "ethnic cleansing." One of the prosecutors on that case is an attorney from Southern California who's back home for a short stay. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde spoke to him about his work.

Los Angeles woman heads to inauguration

Last summer, KPCC Special Correspondent Kitty Felde met a retired state worker from Los Angeles who wanted to see history. Her name is Lydia Thomas and even though she didn't have a ticket to the Democratic National Convention, she went to Denver anyway to hear Barack Obama speak. Kitty Felde says Lydia Thomas is getting ready for another trip this time to Washington, D.C.

Part of Pasadena Freeway opened 68 years ago

It's a birthday of sorts for part of the Pasadena Freeway. The stretch from Avenue 22 to Pasadena opened for traffic on this date in 1940. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde explains one of the freeway's great mysteries: why are those on-ramps so short and so scary?

Sculptor Robert Graham dies

Sculptor Robert Graham died this past weekend at the age of 70. If you've been to the L.A. Coliseum, you've seen his work. For the 1984 Olympics, Graham sculpted the pair of headless statues called "Olympic Gateway" near the Coliseum's peristyle end. Graham also created the large bronze doors outside Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. His public work included the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Duke Ellington Memorial in Harlem, and a memorial to Joe Louis in Detroit. Three years ago, KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde spoke with Graham at a Beverly Hills retrospective of his work. The exhibit featured dozens of sculptures of women. Graham spoke about why he focused on women.

Volunteer learns to become community organizer

As part of our "Season's Givings" series, Special Correspondent Kitty Felde visits the holiday party at LA Voice, which provides training for community organizers.

Season's Givings: Volunteers Take Their Green Thumbs to the Palos Verdes Peninsula

More than 100 volunteers help keep the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden green and free of weeds. The garden is on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Girl Scouts look for volunteers

As part of KPCC's "Season's Givings" series, Kitty Felde reports the girl scouts are in need of volunteers to be troupe leaders.

Volunteers train to help in emergencies

As part of KPCC's Season's Givings series, KPCC's Kitty Felde talks with volunteers for the Community Emergency Response Team. It's a program that trains people on how to aid others during emergencies.

Reagan Library looks for volunteers

As part of KPCC's "Season's Givings" series, Kitty Felde talks to a volunteer at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

Organization pairs volunteers with small business owners

As part of the monthlong "Season's Givings" series, Kitty Felde reports on SCORE, an organization that pairs volunteers with small business owners.

Sanchez sisters talk about life on Capitol Hill

A pair of cousins have been elected to the U.S. Senate: Democrat Tom Udall of New Mexico and Democrat Mark Udall of Colorado. But relatives on Capitol Hill are nothing new. California boasts of the first sister team in Congress: Democrat Linda Sanchez of Cerritos and Democrat Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove. The Sanchez sisters have teamed up to write a new book. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

How to pick a 'first puppy'

President-elect Barack Obama began his first post-election speech with a big promise. Not just to the nation, but to his two young daughters. He promised them a new dog. So how do you pick a "first puppy?" KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde asked an expert at the West Los Angeles animal shelter.