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

Costume Designer Dishes Secrets for "The Closer"

There's a uniform of sorts for powerful women on TV: well-cut dark suits with designer labels. But there is one notable exception: LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson. That's the character played by actress Kyra Sedgwick on TNT's "The Closer." Johnson is a TV cop who prefers floral skirts and vintage jackets, topped off with bright coral lipstick. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde takes us inside Brenda's closet.

Peruvian Quake, and Others, Remind SoCal: Be Prepared

Peru isn't the only place where the ground has been moving of late. Several sizeable quakes have struck the so-called "ring of fire" over the past few weeks. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde reports the increased seismic activity is a reminder to Southern Californians to "be prepared."

Bomb Scare Becomes Impromptu LAPD Training Exercise

Several blocks of La Brea Boulevard near the Santa Monica Freeway were closed for nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon while the LAPD bomb squad checked out a self-storage facility. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde says the incident turned into an unplanned training exercise.

Stage Musical Explores Legacy of Cesar Chavez

There are lots of musicals in town. That famous one about the witches of Oz is at the Pantages, and the one about the Four Seasons is at the Ahmanson. But have you heard about the musical that brings to life the legendary labor leader Cesar Chavez? KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde takes us to a rehearsal.

Kenyans Provide Outside View of Local Government

A trio of visitors from Kenya got an up-close view of American politics this summer when they visited Los Angeles City Hall and met with city councilmembers. One of the Kenyans hopes to run for the city council in his own country.

New Priests Discuss Abuse Scandal's Impact on Church

his week, the L.A. Catholic Archdiocese settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit with victims who were sexually abused by priests. News of the scandal first broke five years ago ... just as a new class of seminarians began studying to become priests. Unlike their brother priests, their entire religious training has been under a cloud. KPCC's Special Correspondent Kitty Felde sat down with two of those new priests to talk about how the sexual abuse has affected their faith.

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.