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

'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.

Congress reluctant to shut down its own offices

If the government shuts down Saturday, “non-essential” personnel will be furloughed. But it’s hard to find any Californian in Congress that considers their staff “non-essential.”

What's shut down during a shutdown?

Congress is still talking, but the clock is running down to midnight Friday when the federal government runs out of money. If lawmakers can’t work out a budget agreement, “non-essential” federal workers will not show up to work starting on Saturday. Here's what’ll stay open and what won’t.

Federal budget deal stuck; Democrats, Republicans still miles apart

If Congress can’t agree on a budget deal by midnight tomorrow, the government shuts the door on all non-essential services. Democrats and Republicans are still miles apart.

It's true: too much time wasted on bipartisan sniping

You're not imagining things. Democrats and Republicans spend a large portion of their time saying negative things about each other. A Harvard professor looked at Congressional press releases and found that 27% of them throw barbs at the other side.

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.