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

California's high-speed rail under fire from Republicans

California’s plan to build a high-speed rail line from San Diego to San Francisco isn’t getting a lot of love from House Republicans. It’s a matter of money and geography.

What does 4G really mean?

One California Congresswoman is so upset about the annoyance of dropped cell phone calls, she’s introduced a bill that would regulate 4G wireless service.

Patent bill passes House

The America Invents Act   HR 1249 passed 304 to 117. A different version has already passed the Senate. Now differences between the two bills will be hammered out.

California ballplayers dominate Congressional charity game

The ladies of Capitol Hill take on the capital news media tonight in an annual charity softball game. California is well represented on the Congressional team.

Study shows Islamophobia in the United States is on the rise

The first annual report on Islamophobia in America concludes that it involves the “same hate, new target.” The two-year study identifies heroes and villains - and says that politics is to blame for much of the problem.

Will the Northeast's high-speed rail dreams kill Metrolink in Southern California?

A proposal to put a high-speed rail project from Washington to Boston out to bid could affect rail commuters in Southern California.

Commerce Secretary nominee John Bryson answers questions on Capitol Hill

A short confirmation hearing took place Tuesday for former Edison International chief John Bryson – the president’s nominee for federal Commerce Secretary. Between several long opening statements and a series of floor votes, members of the US Senate Commerce Committee didn’t have much opportunity to question Bryson, and barely touched on the issues that could hold up his nomination.

Patent reform bill splits California Republicans in Congress

Congress is expected to vote this week on a patent reform bill that would change the rules about who gets to file for a patent. Republican members of Congress from California are split over the measure.

California Congressional redistricting: Current reps face a lot of tumult

The Citizens Redistricting Commission has begun a series of public hearings around the state so voters can pan or praise the new maps for Assembly, Senate and Congressional seats. And when it all shakes out, members of Congress from California are likely to find themselves in districts much different from the ones they’ve known for years.

Secure Communities controversy: Immigration officals say they'll address program's pitfalls

Federal immigration officials are taking steps to address recent controversy over the Secure Communities program which uses fingerprints to identify undocumented immigrants behind bars, but immigrant rights activists say the agency needs to do much more.

Villaraigosa applauds Brown’s California state budget veto, says budget relied on 'gimmicks'

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa applauded the governor's state budget veto today.

Villaraigosa to be sworn in as head of US Conference of Mayors

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villariagosa will be sworn in Monday as the new president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Chicago's new mayor minds political P's and Q's

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is poised to become the new president of the US Conference of Mayors. But there was a potential cloud over his inauguration weekend: the new mayor of Chicago, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Ten thousand mistakes on Capitol Hill

You don't have to be an amateur on Twitter to make a mistake on Capitol Hill. You don't even have to be a member of Congress. There are pitfalls aplenty if you work in Washington.

Californians testify about threat of Muslim radicals in prison

A pair of terrorism experts from Southern California testified on Capitol Hill this morning about the threat of Muslim-American radicalization behind bars.