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

I just saw a mouse in the Rayburn cafeteria

It's after hours, but the cafeteria in the Rayburn House office building is a nice quiet place to write sometimes. But I saw a critter run across the floor just now. It COULD have been a sparrow that flew into the hole in the wall near the floor.

GOP: Wait for facts on Japanese quake before changing nuclear policies

Southern California Edison says it has taken precautions to protect the San Onofre nuclear power plant. It is built to withstand a 7.0 magnitude earthquake and has a 25-foot-high concrete tsunami wall. The recent quake in Japan registered at least 8.9, and a wall of water more than 30-feet high hit the coastline. Republican leaders want to wait before they make decisions about the safety of nuclear energy.

Award winning demon sheep

Remember the demon sheep and Boxer blimp ads from the US Senate campaign? The man who came up with those commercials, Fred Davis, won one of the big prizes at this year's Pollie Awards.

Antonio and the drag queens

I'm not on any "A" list here in DC, so I wasn't there. But according to sources at "The Washington Post," LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's dinner with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a local restaurant the other night included some colorful fans.

Mayor Villaraigosa returns to DC to pitch transit financing

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continues to pitch his proposal for federal help with transportation loans. The mayor has enlisted support from his compadres from cities around the country.

Los Angeles prepares for tsunami, Mayor Villaraigosa comments on quake

Emergency officials this morning stood by in Southern California, preparing for any possible tsunami damage.

Sheriff Baca fights back at Homeland Security hearing on Muslim radicalization

For the second time in two years, a member of Congress has attacked the sheriff of Los Angeles County over his association with a Muslim organization. This time it was a different congressman, but the same Homeland Security Committee.

Are Californians hockey wimps?

Tonight's the third annual charity hockey game. And not a single skater from California's 55 member Congressional delegation will be on the ice. There's not even a single Californian on the lobbyists' team.

Once again, Sheriff Baca challenged on relationship with CAIR

It didn't come up until the waning moments of the hearing. But one Congressman questioned LA County Sheriff Lee Baca's relationship with the Council on American Islamic Relations. Last year, Baca fended off one Congressman's accusations of being anti-Israel for showing up at numerous CAIR fundraisers.

Emotional testimony at Homeland Security hearing

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.

Even a Congressman has to stand in packed Homeland Security hearing

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.

Partisanship at Homeland Security hearing

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.

Pre Homeland Security Hearing crowd

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.

Sheriff Baca to testify at Homeland Security hearing on Muslim radicalization

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.

NPR reacts to CEO Vivian Schiller's departure

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.