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

Boxer introduces bill to help underwater homeowners refinance

Many homeowners want to refinance to take advantage of historically low interest rates, but they’re underwater on their loans. A bipartisan bill would make it easier for some homeowners to get new, cheaper loans.

California congressmembers press company for more money for Metrolink victims

A group of Californians in Congress is pressing rail giant Veolia to pay out more money to the victims of the deadly Metrolink crash that took place in Chatsworth in September of 2008.

Inland Empire water agencies threaten to sue over suckerfish habitat rule

A tiny fish unique to the watershed of Southern California is at the center of a battle that’s pitted water agencies against environmentalists. Representatives of a dozen water agencies were on Capitol Hill Monday, briefing Congressional staffers and threatening to fight the feds in court.

Rates on jumbo home loans could jump this fall

If you’re shopping for a $700,000 mortgage, you’d better act fast. Rates on jumbo loans could jump this fall, though two California congressmen are working fast to halt the rate hike.

What KLON might have been

Irene Kelly has a new job. Irene is the heroine of a series of mysteries by Long Beach writer Jan Burke. (President Clinton made Irene - and Jan - famous when someone asked him what he was reading and he held up the first of the Irene Kelly mysteries.

US and Mexico declare truce over trucks

The truck cargo war with Mexico is over. U.S. transportation officials announced the truce today.

'Subway to the Sea' gets infusion of federal cash, Inland Empire not so much

The so-called “Subway to the Sea” got a shot of federal money today to extend the project from mid-city Los Angeles to Westwood. But the Inland Empire struck out on its request for money to widen the 91 freeway.

Senator Boxer warns of job losses if transportation cuts stand

California’s junior U.S. Senator says the state will lose 43,000 construction jobs without changes to the House transportation budget by the end of September.

The story behind the 'Star-Spangled Banner'

We sing it at baseball games, bands play it during Olympic medal ceremonies - but what do you really know about the national anthem? It’s the tune with a high note few people can sing and words more than a few have bungled in public. Here's a refresher course on the history of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Ethics watchdog wants FBI to investigate Congresswoman Laura Richardson

An ethics watchdog group is asking the FBI to investigate a Long Beach Congresswoman accused of forcing her office staff to work on her campaign. The group says it’s tired of waiting around for the House Ethics Committee to do something.

Dream Act gets packed Senate hearing, 10 years after it was last scheduled

The U.S. Senate had a hearing on the Dream Act scheduled for September 12, 2001. It took 10 years for a Senate judiciary subcommittee to reschedule that hearing for this morning. The Dream Act would offer a path to citizenship for undocumented high school graduates who attend college or serve in the military.

Another GOP Senator just showed up

The Dream Act isn't the only thing being discussed in Senate hearings today, so Senators have been wandering in and out. A second Republican, Charles Grassley of Iowa just dropped in to ask some questions about categorical amnesty.

Dream Act as political football, says Senator Cornyn

Just one Republican is attending the Senate hearing on the Dream Act, Texas Senator John Cornyn, the ranking member of the Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security Subcommittee. He accused his Democratic colleagues of using the Dream Act as a "political football" – refused any amendments or floor time to debate the measure when it was brought up for a vote last December.

Updates from Dream Act hearing

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Subcommittee Congress doesn’t appropriate enough money to deport the estimated 11 million people who are here in this country illegally.

CA Congressman Baca vows to continue push for regulation of violent video games

A state law that never went into effect never will, after the US Supreme Court threw out California’s ban on the sale of violent video games to minors on Monday. But despite the ruling, a Congressman from the Inland Empire wants to try and regulate violent video games.