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 Long and Winding Roads of Southern California

Ever wonder why so many of Southern California's streets curve and bend for no apparent reason? KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde continues her summer series of Street Stories with a look at how our roads got so twisted around.

When the Streets Had No Names

In Southern California, there are majestic avenues like Imperial Highway or Victory Boulevard. There are also romantic roads like Sunset or Laurel Canyon. But those streets didn't always exist, and for every street, there's a history. This summer, KPCC's Kitty Felde has found some of the stories you can find right under your tires.

Local Filmmakers Report News From the 'Hood'

A lot of people complain that TV news doesn't report what really goes on in some LA neighborhoods. A pair of amateur filmmakers stopped complaining and started "Hood News." KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde spoke with them.

Local Activists Push for Resolution on Comfort Women

Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will take up a resolution on Tuesday that asks the Japanese government to apologize for enslaving women as prostitutes during World War II. Some of the most effective lobbying for the resolution has come from Korean Americans in Southern California.

Care Providers Share Wish Lists for Health Plans

While Sacramento lawmakers debate which insurance reform bill is best suited for California, those on the front lines have their own ideas. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde speaks with health care professionals at Southern California clinics.

Popular Columnist May Return to the Times

After writing a column for the "L.A. Times" for more than 20 years, Al Martinez was let go by the struggling newspaper more than a week ago. Lots of talented reporters and editors have said goodbye to "Times" readers over the past year, but the departure of Al Martinez is different. Just a few days after he left... he might be coming back. KPCC's Kitty Felde talked with the veteran newspaperman.

Local Dance Legend Remembered

This weekend, dancers will gather in Agoura Hills to remember Stanley Holden. The legendary dancer, choreographer and dance teacher died last month of complications from heart problems and colon cancer.

A Piece of Civil War History in Southern California

Californians have fought and died in several wars, even the Civil War. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde takes us to a place where you can touch a genuine piece of Civil War history, the only military building in Southern California left standing from that era: the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Wilmington.

Immigration Debate Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

The U.S. Senate is debating a comprehensive immigration reform measure this week. The measure has been criticized on both sides of the aisle and has led to some unusual coalitions.

U.S. Courts to Hear Mexican Citizens' Death Penalty Appeals

The United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court have agreed to hear appeals from Mexican citizens who are on death row in the U.S. Both cases revolve around an international treaty and whether it applies in the United States.

GOP Candidates Debate at Reagan Library

In the first 2008 presidential debate held in California, 10 candidates for the Republican nomination met on Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. But the real politicking began after the debate. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde takes us into the Spin Room.

Former Senator Simpson Recalls Tussle with Justice Over Immigration

President Reagan was well into his second and last term in office the last time Congress tackled immigration reform. Now President Bush is in the same place, aiming to make progress on the same issue. How much influence can he exert over Congress? KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde concludes her conversation with former Senator Alan Simpson, a veteran of that last Congressional foray into immigration reform.

Former Senator Sees Tough Battle Ahead Over Immigration

Former Senator Alan Simpson co-sponsored a landmark 1986 immigration bill. He spoke with KPCC's Kitty Felde about what lies ahead in the battle for immigration reform.

LAPD, Press have Long History of Bad Relationship

If it seems like the media are a little more exercised than usual over Tuesday's police tactics in MacArthur Park, you might be right. There's a lot of video of police with batons wading into the crowd after an immigration march -- and the many of those struck by the cops were reporters. It's not the first time the LAPD has tangled with the press.

Former Senator Sees Historical Parallels in Proposed Immigration Legislation

White House officials have been meeting with Senate Republicans to discuss immigration reform. Over on the House side, a bipartisan measure is already on the table. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde talked to former Senator Alan Simpson, who says that if history is any indication, the immigration battle to come on Capitol Hill is likely to be nasty and contentious.