Kitty Felde Washington, D.C. Correspondent
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
On the stand now is a man described as a "private citizen" - Melvin Bledsoe. He's descibing the "brainwashing" of his son at college in Tennessee. Every time Carlos Bledsoe came home from school, his family noticed changes.
It's literally standing room only in the Homeland Security hearing room. Staff for the committee line the wall behind members. An overflow room has been set up for press who couldn't get into the room.
This is an example of how partisan things are on Capitol Hill. We got a witness list and bios for three of the people called to testify before today's House Homeland Security Committee hearing on "the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that community's response.
Reporters were crowding the hallway outside the hearing room more than an hour before the hearing was to begin. Capitol police are very visible as well.
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca will testify at tomorrow’s House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “radicalization” in the American Muslim community. The last time the sheriff was in town, he had a run-in with a committee member.
Two top executives at National Public Radio have resigned over a secretly videotaped lunch where an NPR fundraising employee called Tea Party supporters “racists.” As KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde tells us, NPR says it has no plans to expand its review of newsroom ethics to include other departments.
The House Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing this week on “the extent of radicalization” in the American Muslim community. One California Republican says the hearing will take a balanced view of an important subject. But some California Democrats worry that the hearing will rev up religious intolerance.
The comment came at the end of a press conference announcing a bill that would block funding for any detainee facility in the continental United States. Reporters working on other stories often hang around till the end, hoping to get a quote they can drop in their own story.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has given the green light to California’s ban on a chemical many dry cleaners use.
The US House of Representatives has voted to repeal a provision of the health care law small business owners hated.
Foam coffee cups and plastic utensils are back on Capitol Hill. Former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “greening the Capitol” campaign has gone the way of the Democratic supermajority.
This week, gunmen assassinated a Pakistani cabinet minister. It was the second killing of a Pakistani moderate in two months. A California congressman calls these developments "deeply discouraging."
Members of Congress are pretty busy people, so I spend a lot of time waiting around in reception areas. Last night, I stumbled upon two odd facts:
A natural gas industry official labeled last fall’s deadly San Bruno pipeline blast as “an anomaly.” Members of the National Transportation Safety Board challenged that assessment.
The National Transportation Safety Board is wrapping up its three days of hearings examining the pipeline rupture and explosion in San Bruno. Today's focus is on technology - both remote shut off valves, but also on ways to detect problems in underground pipes.