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

Government shutdown could improve dating life of Hill staffers

Everybody's talking about the possibility of a government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans can't compromise on a six month spending bill. At least one Hill staffer sees a silver lining: he might get a date out of it.

Synthetic drugs under US Senate investigation

A dozen midshipmen have been kicked out of the US Naval Academy for using the synthetic marijuana known as “spice” or "K2." More than 150 Navy sailors have also been accused of using the drug, which is banned in the military. Now, a US Senate hearing is investigating the growing use of “spice” and the fake cocaine known as “bath salts.”

Countdown to government shutdown

It's looking likely that Democrats and Republicans will not be able to find a compromise on a six month budget deal by Friday. That means on Saturday, National Parks, museums like the Smithsonian, even most of the IRS shut down.

GOP proposes cuts to Medicaid

About one in five Californians relies on MediCal, the state’s version of Medicaid, to pay for their health care. On Tuesday, US House Republicans unveiled their budget proposal for 2012. It includes hefty cuts and major structural changes to the federal Medicaid program.

This is what they mean when they make fun of having weather guys on LA TV

We've had REAL weather of late in DC. Spring weather they call it here. I just call it weird.The Nationals game on Saturday was interrupted by "winter weather" - a mixture of snow and sleet.

Alec Baldwin testifies before Congress... as himself this time

Celebrities testifying on Capitol Hill is nothing new. Last year, Kevin Costner pitched his invention for cleaning up oil spills and Tim Gunn testified about extending copyright protection to fashion designers. But life will imitate art tomorrow when one Hollywood actor testifies before Congress.

Chamber of Commerce backs gas tax hike

The House and Senate have begun work on a new multi-year transportation bill. The challenge is how to pay for everything.

House turns down bid to ban nighttime flights at Bob Hope, Van Nuys airports

Small planes will continue to take off and land at night at Bob Hope and Van Nuys Airports. The House of Representatives turned thumbs down on a proposal to reinstate a nighttime curfew.

A (movie) sign from home

You see them all the time in Los Angeles - those bright yellow signs that direct actors and crew members to location shoots. They aren't so common here in DC. But yesterday, driving home from Capitol Hill, I spotted one.

Breakthrough for Villaraigosa's transit funding proposal

It was billed as an event of “Biblical proportions” – Democrats and Republicans, labor and the Chamber of Commerce all backing a creative transit funding proposal from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who's been pushing this plan for more than two years.

Villaraigosa attends Obama speech on energy

As President Obama outlined his long-term energy strategy in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, he said he wants 80 percent of the nation’s electricity to come from natural gas, wind and nuclear in the next quarter century. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in the audience for the speech on energy security.

GOP Congressman proposes sale of CA offshore oil leases

President Barack Obama will outline his plan for what he calls “America’s energy security” on Wednesday. But on Tuesday, the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee unveiled his own proposal: drilling more off the Southern California coast.

Erin Brockovich testifies to US Senate about pollution, cancer

A Senate panel looking at a bill on pollution and cancer heard today from environmental law activist Erin Brockovich.

The ethics case against Maxine Waters

Last week, half a dozen public interest groups, including Common Cause and the League of Women Voters, asked the House Ethics Committee when it will resume its investigation of Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of Los Angeles. The case has existed for nearly two years. It’s alleged that the Congresswoman used her political clout to help a bank in which her husband owned stock.

An earthquake update from New Zealand

With all the news from Japan, news from New Zealand's earthquake has fallen off the news map. I just got this update from friends Sue and Tim Brown in Christchurch. We met on our honeymoon many years ago.