Interviewing 101, with KPCC’s Kitty Felde

Interviewing 101, with KPCC’s Kitty Felde

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Does the thought of a microphone in your face turn your knees to jelly? Hate interviewing someone else to research your play or other project? How do you prepare? How do you handle handlers? How do you get close-mouthed people to open up? What is off the record? Never fear. “Interviewing 101” is on tap.

Whether you’ve interviewed dozens of people or working up to your first one, whether you interview people for print or electronic media, this experienced interviewer’s experience will benefit you. Join KPCC’s Special Correspondent and noted playwright Kitty Felde to learn the secrets of a successful interview.

Kitty Felde is a professional interviewer, having won numerous awards for her work. Before becoming Special Correspondent, Kitty Felde hosted KPCC’s “Talk of the City” from 2001-2006, and did so part-time from 1997-2001.

In addition to her work in Los Angeles, she has reported from Africa and The Hague on AIDS and the war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and Bosnia. Most recently she produced the series on the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles and you’ll periodically hear her “Street Stories,” featuring the stories behind the names of L.A. roads.

When Kitty puts down her microphone, she puts on her pointe 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.