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

Southern California high schools compete in National Science Bowl

Science whiz kids from 44 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are in Washington, D.C. for the National Science Bowl. Southern California is well represented.

California and the Fugitive Slave Act

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It’s also been 161 years since California became a state. The two are separated by time, but linked by slavery politics.

The party I wish I was invited to..not the royal wedding, not the White House Correspondents Dinner

My husband has been watching the Royal Wedding coverage nonstop since he rose at the crack of dawn on Friday morning. The BBC was on TV all day long. Even as late as Sunday night, he insisted on watching the Barbara Walters recap.

California's first troops to fight in Civil War weren't Californians

The U.S. is marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Nearly 17,000 Californians fought for the Union Army, but the members of California’s first regiment weren’t from California.

Americans get royal wedding fever

Will and Kate tied the knot this morning in a lavish ceremony in Westminster Abbey. But Americans across the country celebrated in their own way. In a posh hotel in Washington, D.C., fans gathered in their fanciest hats to watch the royal wedding.

A few thoughts about the LA riots of 19 years ago today

I was a reporter for KLON at the time. I spent every day at the Rodney King beating trial up in Simi Valley. Even won a politically incorrect bet about when the verdicts would come in.

US Forest Service to announce updated firefighting policies following Station Fire

Two summers ago, the Station Fire killed two firefighters and destroyed more than 200 buildings in the San Gabriel Mountains. On Thursday, federal officials will update a Southland congressman on changes they’ve made to prevent future firefighting mistakes.

'The Conspirator' Mary Surratt still haunts Washington

“The Conspirator," Robert Redford’s new film about the Lincoln assassination, follows the story of one of the supposed conspirators: Mary Surratt.

Mary Surratt went to my church

Okay, this Mary Surratt story is getting stranger all the time. Surratt is the centerpiece of Robert Redford's new movie "The Conspirator." And Monday, you can hear my news feature about her on KPCC.

Pushy journalists forced government to move Lincoln conspirators

Tune in Monday to my feature about the real life Mary Surratt and the incidents portrayed in Robert Redford's film "The Conspirator." Here's one story that didn't fit in the story.

Sen. Feinstein wants new protocol for renewing nuclear power licenses

California’s senior US senator wants federal nuclear regulators to update their re-licensing process to consider possible dangers from earthquakes and tsunamis.

Immigration reform tour coming to LA

Next week, immigration activists plan to take their nationwide tour to California, telling stories of US citizens whose undocumented relatives have been deported. The tour stops next weekend at a Catholic church in southwest Los Angeles.

My favorite Easter custom in DC

Forget the Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn. I love the Peeps Contest.

LA leaders at White House for immigration meeting

In what was described as a “last-minute meeting,” President Obama met at the White House on Tuesday with 70 labor, law enforcement and political leaders, including former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the current president of the Los Angeles City Council. The topic – immigration – hasn’t placed high on the list of Congressional priorities.

Most Americans want their tax breaks

On President Obama’s tax return, it says he donated about 14 percent of his income to charity. He gets a deduction for that — and most Americans want to keep that one — and other deductions, too.