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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 bachelors degree from Monmouth University.
McSherry no longer works at Roll Call.
Theres a new Senator on top. Now that Sen. Daniel Akaka has announced plans to retire, the Senate roll call will be forever changed.
While the Capitol may feel hectic and crazy sometimes, Rep. Steve Pearce is doing his best to make sure it feels like a zoo.
Theres nothing like catching up with an old friend to spice up an otherwise-dull weeknight. Sen. John Kerry did just that Wednesday night when he took a break from legislating to have dinner with Tony Blair.
Went through TSA airport security screening tonight with Ron Paul. I managed to earn an extensive pat-down after refusing whole body imaging.
Congress has a pretty full plate these days as it tackles serious issues such as the continuing resolution, but Rep. Michele Bachmann has something else on her mind: light bulbs.
Even Bono has something to say about the continuing resolution.
While President George W. Bush does his best to stay out of D.C., he will come to town for one man: former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).
Rep. Paul Broun was spotted taking a break from work and grabbing a bite to eat Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol Hill restaurant We, the Pizza. A tipster tells us the Georgia Republican was seen hanging out in a reserved room on the second floor.
A group of athletes came to Capitol Hill this week to lobby in support of two bills promoting physical fitness, but there was an unintended side effect: The sports stars reminded lawmakers how out of shape they are.
Being a freshman in Congress isnt easy. In addition to learning the rules, making new friends and trying to keep constituents happy, the new class has to figure out how to navigate the ever-confusing Capitol complex.
They can try to shut down the government, but they can never shut down Chucks sweater vests.
President Barack Obama is a tough act to follow.
Although it wasnt too fast or too furious, Sen. Mary Landrieu took a little ride on the wild side Tuesday morning.
Former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) may have been marred by scandal in 2007 when he was arrested for lewd conduct in a mens public bathroom, but that doesnt mean his friends in Congress wont make time for him.
Her tremendous service is very valuable to us. Shes seen a lot but because of confidentiality, she can say nothing.
While the IBM computing system Watson may be smart enough to beat several Members of Congress at Jeopardy, it may not be fit to work on Capitol Hill.
Add this puppy to three dogs, one cat and a tank of fish. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz recently welcomed a new member of her family: an adorable boxer/yellow labrador mix named Demmy.
Forget the bus. Despite his financial woes, Rep. Charlie Rangel opts to travel from New York City to Washington, D.C., via the pricey Amtrak train.
Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we chat with freshman Rep. Blake Farenthold. Among other tidbits, the Texas Republican shares how he met his wife.
Big day at my house. Big family gathering celebrating four different birthdays. Im cooking and grand daughters icing the cupcakes.
Sunday nights Academy Awards ceremony was a star-studded event featuring appearances by Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman and ... Sen. Carl Levin?
Buying a birthday gift for a House employee can be tricky with all those pesky ethics rules, but lobbyist Peggy Ellis found a creative way around them.
Even Senators have to cool their heels at airports every once in a while. Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) and his wife, Myrna, were spotted chatting while waiting to board a flight at San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday.
Some people read a book during a long commute; others listen to music. Freshman Sen. Chris Coons takes a different approach, using his travel time to communicate with constituents.
The Congressional Management Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that helps Congress do a better job communicating with the public, has released a cartoon on YouTube explaining just how technology has changed Congressional correspondence.