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

PG&E defends its outreach to local cities at NTSB hearing on San Bruno pipeline explosion

Pacific Gas & Electric program manager Aaron Rezendez says the company regularly gives local officials an "overview" of the transmission system with additional information linking them to a national mapping system of underground pipelines.

Small diversion at NTSB hearing on San Bruno

A security alarm just went off in the NTSB hearing room. Board chair Deborah Hersman paused the proceedings to explain what's going on and promised that if in fact it had been a fire alarm, she'd let us know.

Day two at NTSB hearing on San Bruno pipeline explosion

The Fire Chief of San Bruno is testifying. Chief Haag says the fire department had no idea that natural gas transmission lines were running underneath the city. He knew there were lines that ran along the two major freeways down the peninsula - the 101 and the 280.

NTSB hearing focuses on remote shut-off valves

The National Transportation Safety Board began on Tuesday three days of hearings in Washington, DC to examine causes of last fall’s pipeline rupture in San Bruno. The natural gas explosion and fire killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes.

Who welded the pipe that exploded in San Bruno?

The National Transportation Safety Board finished up its hearing on causes of the natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. The last discussion was about a series of short welds in the pipe that blew up.

San Bruno has a voice at NTSB hearing

It's not just the engineers and investigators asking questions at today's National Transportation Safety Board hearing looking at possible causes of the San Bruno pipeline explosion.

NTSB hearing focuses on lack of automatic shutoff valves in San Bruno pipeline blast

The National Transportation Safety Board has begun three days of hearings into last September’s deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. On the hot seat are officials from Pacific Gas and Electric responsible for the failed pipeline.

NTSB hearing now focused on paperwork

The National Transportation Safety Board just broke for lunch. But before that, they've been looking at various PG&E pipeline reports, trying to find out whether the utility knows the size and condition of its pipes in the ground.

NTSB chair bakes too

We're in a break at the NTSB hearing on the San Bruno pipeline rupture.

PG&E relied on industry experts not feds

PG&E's policy states the company will "consider the addition" of shut-off valves or remote control valves "if they would be an efficient means of addition protection" to heavily populated areas.

NTSB hearing on pipeline explosion

Pacific Gas and Electric first heard about the fire from a pair of off duty PG&E employees ten minutes after the pipeline ruptured. Two minutes later, the dispatch center sent an employee to investigate.

NTSB hearing on San Bruno pipeline explosion

The hearing begins in a few minutes. But here's a few pictures:

Cal State presidents lobby for Pell Grants

The presidents of California State Universities are in Washington, DC this week. They want Congress to put back money cut from the Pell Grant program.

NTSB to hold hearing on San Bruno explosion

New details will be revealed this week on the September explosion of a natural gas line in San Bruno. The National Transportation Safety Board holds a three-day hearing on the blast and fire that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes. It’s not the final report, but could provide some answers.

Colin Firth: finally

Finally. The Oscar goes to Colin. Congratulations! Guess I'm not the only Colin fan out there.