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

Congressman Schiff pushes for funding for risky energy research

The U.S. once set its sights on beating rival world powers in the race for space exploration. Now, it seems, we’re racing to master more earthbound problems-like finding clean energy.

Speier pushes pipeline safety in House hearing following San Bruno explosion

It’s been 10 months since a natural gas pipeline ruptured underneath a San Bruno neighborhood. The explosion killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes. In light of that and other recent pipeline disasters, a U.S. House subcommittee today examined tighter regulations on the pipeline industry.

Chewing Barney Frank out about the financial reform bill

I'm refinancing and have discovered that the amount of paperwork required since I last got a home loan has increased exponentially. I've had to send copies of $17 checks that are dividends from my husband's life insurance policy.

Cabinet secretary nominates Hollyhock House for UN World Heritage

It’s not the Taj Mahal, but it may someday share World Heritage status with that famed Indian “wonder of the world." A cabinet secretary today nominated Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Los Angeles for a very special designation.

Congressman wants airport security to use bomb-sniffing dogs

He might not win Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show, but a Labrador retriever was clearly the top dog at a congressional hearing on airport security.

California congressmen propose ways to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

You know home mortgage twins Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They’re quasi-government enterprises that own or underwrite more than half the homes in America. When the housing bubble burst a few years back, Fannie and Freddie got stuck with a lot of bad mortgages. The federal government stepped in and spent a lot of taxpayer money to save them. Now Republicans in Congress want the government to step out. Two local congressmen, Republicans Gary Miller and John Campbell, have ideas about how to do that.

Carly Fiorina gets new GOP gig

Former Hewlett-Packard chief and US Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has been named vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. That's the GOP group that raises money and provides resources for Senate campaigns.

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.