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Alison McSherry


Alison McSherry is an award-winning journalist and one half of Roll Call's Heard on the Hill column, where she reports on gossip on and off Capitol Hill. Ali specializes in a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Members of Congress, social happenings in D.C. and restaurant openings. In addition to Heard on the Hill, she also pens the Congressional profile series Office Space and the bar column Mug Shots.

She has been covering Congress for more than four years. Ali began her career with CQ-Roll Call Group covering the Senate and later went on to act as the paper's chief feature writer before joining the HOH team.

She hails from the Jersey Shore and holds a bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University.

McSherry no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Alison McSherry:

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Out and About

March 23, 2011

Members and political types have been spotted all over town in the past few days.

Heard on the Hill: A Question of Ethics

March 18, 2011

The sign welcoming visitors to the office of Rep. Dan Benishek has raised some eyebrows, and it also raises ethical questions.

Heard on the Hill: There’s No Business Like Show Business

March 18, 2011

Move over Ayla Brown, there’s a new singing Congressional kid.

Heard on the Hill: You Can’t Take It With You

March 18, 2011

An unusual request popped up in many press secretaries’ inboxes last week.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

March 18, 2011

“I might finish ‘Known and Unknown’ tonight — setting on the plane for over an hour waiting on ‘paperwork’ — the Pilots are NOT Happy — #ORD”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Members to Hit the Green

March 18, 2011

Fore! We hear one Congressman is so excited about the Congressional Charity Golf Classic scheduled for June 13 that he is already handing out save-the-date cards.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Hagan Hangs With Hoops Players

March 17, 2011

Sen. Kay Hagan wasted no time getting into the spirit of the NCAA tournament.

Heard on the Hill: Forgotten Face

March 16, 2011

Maybe you can’t, as the adage says, go home again.

Heard on the Hill: Attitude Adjustment

March 16, 2011

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is known as one of the pricklier Members of Congress. And the Wisconsin Republican’s surliness isn’t confined to Capitol Hill.

Heard on the Hill: Life’s a Beach

March 16, 2011

College kids may be heading this month to the spring break mecca of Panama City, Fla., for wet T-shirt contests and tequila shots. But Rep. Steve Southerland is making the trip for a different reason: It’s his home district, and he’s got a recess of his own.

Heard on the Hill: Attention March Madness Fans

March 16, 2011

Many NCAA tournament games are played during work hours, forcing lawmakers and staffers to miss them as they slave away in the Capitol (or watch them online or even sneak away to a bar where they might be airing).

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

March 16, 2011

“Holy buckets ... they must think you are high-maintenance or something.”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Luck of the Irish

March 16, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just for freckled lads and lasses anymore. These days, everyone is Irish, including Members of Congress.

Heard on the Hill: We All Scream for Ice Cream

March 15, 2011

Temperatures might still be chilly, but that isn’t stopping the Direct Selling Association from hosting an ice cream social this week on Capitol Hill.

Heard on the Hill: Mom’s Home Cooking Really Does Cure All

March 15, 2011

Looks like the tiger blood is out of Rep. David Wu’s system.

Heard on the Hill: Bono’s Back

March 15, 2011

U2 front man and humanitarian Bono can’t get enough of Congress this month.

Heard on the Hill: Fast Talker

March 15, 2011

Rep. Jim Moran is a man of many skills. Not only is the Virginia Democrat an 11-term Congressman and a veteran appropriator, but he also has a hidden talent for auctioneering.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Let’s Hope It’s Not the Congressional Record

March 15, 2011

Once a week, Sen. Tom Harkin takes time out of his busy schedule to visit a public elementary school on Capitol Hill where he helps a young student learn to read.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

March 15, 2011

“With Alan Alda, guest of the Sustainable Energy & Enviro Coalition (@S_E_E_C), to talk about improved science communication on public issues.”

Heard on the Hill: Every Job Has Its Perks

March 14, 2011

Working on the minority staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee comes with one very big perk: an iPad.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

March 14, 2011

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with Rep. Jim Himes. The Connecticut Democrat reveals why he loves the Rolling Stones — and being yelled at by a clown.

Heard on the Hill: Tie One On

March 14, 2011

Move over Rep. Earl Blumenauer, there’s a new bow tie lover in town. Rep. Rick Crawford and his staff have taken a page from the Oregon Democrat’s style manual and are now wearing the signature accessory every Tuesday.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Sunday Stroll

March 14, 2011

There’s nothing like an afternoon outside to mark the start of spring.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

March 14, 2011

“Congratulations to @universityofKY Wildcats on their 27th SEC championship victory! #GoCats”

Heard on the Hill: Table for Two

March 11, 2011

Could bachelor Rep. Aaron Schock be looking to settle down?

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