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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:

Packing Up the Past

Dec. 1, 2010

Rep. John Spratt surveyed his half-empty office, where bare shelves had been stripped of mementos accumulated over a 28-year Congressional tenure.

Game Shop Offers ‘Entertainment Unplugged’

Nov. 30, 2010

Puzzles, mazes, blocks and board games line the shelves of Labyrinth Games and Puzzles, a new shop on the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast near Eastern Market.

Chef Takes On a Soup-er Tradition

Nov. 17, 2010

Local foodies often complain that Washington lacks an iconic dish. There’s no definitive answer to Philadelphia’s cheesesteak, Baltimore’s crab cake or New York’s pizza.

But Capitol Hill does have a signature culinary creation: Senate bean soup.

Sammy Lee Is Tailor-Made for Congress

Nov. 12, 2010

For 24 years, tailor Sammy Lee has taken in the seams and adjusted the fits of the garments of lawmakers, staffers and Capitol Hill neighbors. Lee has become a fixture here, outlasting majority-shifting on the Hill and lapel-width trends alike.

Freshmen Have to Decide Where Families Live

Nov. 6, 2010

Many members of the incoming freshman class — the bulk of whom campaigned against Washington — are planning to spend as little time as possible within the limits of the city they raged against. And that means not moving their families to their new city of employment.

Ways of Counting Up Tuesday’s Election Results

Nov. 3, 2010

A by-the-numbers glance at the Nov. 2 results.

Quiet Evening in a Building Some Love to Hate

Nov. 3, 2010

After all the campaign talk of Founding Fathers and other long-dead leaders, it seems only fitting that on election night, they are the only men to be found in the Capitol.

Preparations Are Less Feverish This Time

Nov. 1, 2010

If preparations for election night are a sign, it looks like Washington’s midterm madness is more of a low-grade fever than a full-blown affliction.

Cemetery’s Sales Pitch: We Want Your Body

Oct. 20, 2010

Congressional Cemetery is marketing its plots and vaults to ordinary Washingtonians and is hoping to change its image as the exclusive resting place of Washington’s historical elite.

The Little Town the Eastern Shore Forgot

Oct. 13, 2010

The hardest part about encouraging people to visit my hometown on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is making them understand where it’s located. When your opening line is “It’s that little part of Virginia that’s not actually attached to Virginia,” you can get some confused looks.

Future Mayor Aims for Congress’ Gray Areas

Oct. 4, 2010

Washington’s mayor-to-be, Vince Gray, and his predecessor, Mayor Adrian Fenty, are a contrast of styles. In the broad strokes of political caricature, Fenty comes across as the go-it-alone chief executive, while Gray is the consensus-seeking team leader. And that’s a posture some say will ease the incoming mayor’s dealings with Congress.

Hot Plate: Kudos for Capitol Hill’s Humble Sandwiches

Sept. 29, 2010

Despite its apocryphal aristocratic origins, the sandwich is a humble beast. The Earl of Sandwich might have used bread to shield his playing cards from his meat, but these days, the sandwich is more often the go-to lunch for busy office dwellers, eaten at one’s desk between e-mails. Here are seven under-the-radar sandwiches (which also happen to be under the noses of Hill denizens) that deserve some love.

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