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Emily Heil


Emily Heil is a features writer for Roll Call, where she covers the politics, people and culture of Capitol Hill. For nearly four years, she wrote Heard on the Hill, the oldest and best-loved Congressional gossip column.

Emily came to Roll Call from the Hill newspaper, where she wrote the Under the Dome gossip column. Prior to that, she spent three years covering Congress for National Journal’s CongressDaily, where her beats included health care and labor issues. Her previous journalism jobs include chief Congressional correspondent for the Bureau of National Affairs and reporter for the Eastern Shore News.

A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Emily is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was features editor of the independent newspaper, the Cavalier Daily.

Heil no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Emily Heil:

Bin Laden’s Death Heightens Tourist Experience

May 2, 2011

Bin Laden’s death heightened tourists' experience on the Hill Monday.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: White House Dinner, With Doggy Bags

April 26, 2011

HOH is expecting — even hoping for — some bad behavior at this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. But the guests at Thursday night’s correspondents’ event are all but guaranteed to bite, paw and even relieve themselves in the bushes.

Heard on the Hill: Biden’s Bookshelf

April 15, 2011

You can tell a lot about a person by what books they read, and judging from what’s on his shelves, Vice President Joseph Biden is (gasp!) a Democrat with a strong interest in international affairs.

Hill Provides Perfect Picnic Places

April 15, 2011

Washington has a variety of spots for picturesque picnics, including the Capitol grounds and several parks in the Capitol Hill area.

Heard on the Hill: Playing to the Crowd

April 15, 2011

Talk about singing for your supper — Rep. Michael McCaul serenaded attendees of a fundraiser last week, joining the band onstage to play guitar for a song.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Party Like a Rock Star

April 15, 2011

Who knew Rep. Rosa DeLauro was such a nightlife maven? The Connecticut Democrat was spotted Thursday night at the downtown Italian eatery Tosca, an HOH spy says, where she stayed late enough to close down the restaurant.

Heard on the Hill: Plastic Is Fantastic, Pro-Foam Group Says of Cafeteria Cups

April 13, 2011

The Great Cafeteria Cup War of 2011 rages on. The latest salvo comes from the American Chemistry Council, which apparently thinks the Styrofoam cups in the House cafeterias are getting a bad rap.

Heard on the Hill: A Call to Auction

April 13, 2011

Most people refer to Rep. Billy Long as “Congressman,” but it seems the Missouri Republican is more proud of another title given to fast-talkers who sometimes wield gavels: colonel.

Sample Produce, Programs at Freshfarm Market

April 13, 2011

Shoppers visiting the H Street Freshfarm Market can expect a variety of produce, meat, dairy and other products from local farmers, as well as programs such as cooking demonstrations and live music.

Heard on the Hill: Eye Spy a Bachmann Controversy

April 12, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann and eyewear company LensCrafters aren’t exactly seeing eye to eye. The Minnesota Republican recently dragged the company into the raging debate over abortion — and LensCrafters wants out.

Heard on the Hill: Rockefeller Switches Geres

April 12, 2011

Apparently, Sen. Jay Rockefeller is a huge Richard Gere fan. The West Virginia Democrat was in the middle of a scrum of reporters Tuesday after the Senate policy lunches when he interrupted their oh-so-serious questions to interject a cinematic musing.

Heard on the Hill: Dems’ Trump Tee Party

April 12, 2011

Donald Trump may be considering a bid for president and publicly questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace, but the National Democratic Club is still planning to hold an annual golfing event at one of the swirly-haired mogul’s golf courses.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Uninhibited ... and Uninsured

April 12, 2011

The occupational hazards for burlesque performers are many (think of the tassel-related injuries alone!), and many are uninsured, according to the organizers of an event to raise money for performers’ health care.

Heard on the Hill: Rooney’s Snotty Secret

April 11, 2011

Most of us have skeletons in our closets — maybe an old yearbook picture that we wouldn’t want anyone to see or a particularly ill-advised hairdo.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

April 11, 2011

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we’re chatting with Rep. Lou Barletta. It turns out that the Pennsylvania Republican is a fan of MGD, the Gipper and Jimmy Stewart.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Yes, They Can

April 11, 2011

HOH is shocked — shocked! — to learn that adult beverages were consumed in the Capitol this weekend. As lawmakers engaged in will-they-or-won’t-they talks to head off a government shutdown, at least some of the work was fueled by a classic combination: pizza and cheap beer.

Heard on the Hill: For McCotter, Robert Plant Is the New John Lennon

April 8, 2011

Look out, Fab Four — Rep. Thaddeus McCotter might have a new musical idol. The Michigan Republican, a well-known Beatles fanboy, took to the House floor

Heard on the Hill: I’m Kind of a Big Deal

April 8, 2011

There’s a code for expressing one’s importance on Capitol Hill, whether it’s a staff ID that connotes access to inner sanctums or a Members’ pin that shows voting privileges.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: The Trash Talk Is Flying

April 8, 2011

The organizer of an event in which more than 5,700 people are vowing to dump their trash on the lawn of Speaker John Boehner’s Washington, D.C., home says he wants to keep the protest lawful and orderly.

The Queen Vic Gives Pub Food the Royal Treatment

April 6, 2011

The Queen Vic is a labor of love, a tribute to the favorite foods of the owner's Welsh-born wife.

Heard on the Hill: David Broder Moonlighted as Tour Guide

April 5, 2011

Longtime Washington Post reporter David Broder, who died last month at 81, on Tuesday was remembered as not just a student of Congress, but as a teacher of its labyrinthine ways.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Move Over, Ryan

April 5, 2011

Capitol Hill might be awash in budget talk and shutdown fever, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) isn’t the hottest celebrity on the Hill Tuesday.

Heard on the Hill: Tangled Up in Blue

April 4, 2011

Rep. Hal Rogers might be a pretty powerful guy, but not even the chairman of the Appropriations Committee gets his way all the time.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

April 4, 2011

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Sen. Mike Lee. The Utah Republican reveals that his movie tastes lean toward comedies.

Heard on the Hill: A Florida Redux

April 4, 2011

Cue the hanging chad jokes.

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