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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

Ballot Referendum Nearly Stopped Dodger Stadium

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.

Foreclosures Fueling Real Estate Sales in Mountains

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.

Tense Political Vote Preceded Dodgers' Move West Fifty Years Ago

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.

Chavez Ravine Was More Than a Ballpark to Many

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.

Chavez Ravine Residents Fought to Save Homes

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.

Pacific Coast Highway Paved Way for Supreme Court Ruling

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.

A Helicopter Ride Led Dodgers to Chavez Ravine

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.

Legislation Would Remove Racist Language from Real Estate Deeds

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.

Walter O'Malley Was Influential in Bringing Dodgers to LA

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.

Lesbian Couple Prepares For Legal Marriage

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.

LA's Baseball Team Almost Became the 'Senators'

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.

Dodgers Move to LA Wasn't Popular

Fifty years ago, Angelenos packed the polls for one of the biggest elections in city history. On the ballot was a referendum on LA's deal to swap land so the newly-arrived Dodgers could build a baseball stadium in Chavez Ravine. Proposition B - "B" for baseball - passed by a whisker. It was almost the last step in the Dodgers' journey west from Brooklyn. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde begins a seven-part series looking at the politics and the personalities that brought major league baseball to Los Angeles.

Arcadia Was Site of Unusual Army Training School

On this Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who gave their lives defending this country. During the First World War, an army lieutenant lost his life on the battlefields of France and was memorialized in Arcadia. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde has the story of an unusual army training facility named after Lt. Cleo J. Ross of the Army Air Service's 8th Balloon Company.

Gay Marriage: What Happens Now?

Gay and lesbian couples can now get married in California, but not quite yet. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde explains.

Presidential Candidates Not Far Apart on Immigration

The three presidential candidates aren't talking much about immigration. It could be because voters don't list it as one of their few top priorities. It also could be because the candidates' views aren't all that far apart. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.