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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: Fit for an Honor

Feb. 25, 2011

Get your autograph books out. More than a dozen sports celebrities are expected to be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 25, 2011

“Friday is the day to drop news you don’t want anyone to see. So stay tuned for my promised bar mitzvah pic. #sonotworththe-hype”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Indiana Delegation Writes to NFL, Players

Feb. 24, 2011

Members of the Indiana Congressional delegation aren’t taking the pending NFL lockout lying down.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: McConnell Forgets One Chore

Feb. 23, 2011

There’s a lot to do before leaving town for a week. Unplug appliances: Check. Turn down the thermostat: Check.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 23, 2011

“So glad to be home to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary with my wonderful husband!”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Donors Go Gaga for Harkin

Feb. 22, 2011

Getting a ticket to Lady Gaga’s Thursday night concert at the Verizon Center is no easy task. The event sold out weeks ago, and tickets are being scalped on Craigslist for several hundred dollars. But there is another way to get into the show: Donate to Sen. Tom Harkin’s re-election campaign.

Heard on the Hill: Stay Classy, Capitol Hill

Feb. 18, 2011

As Boyz II Men once crooned, it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.

Heard on the Hill: Nothing but a Good Time

Feb. 18, 2011

While the jury’s still out on whether the new Bullfeathers is as good as the old one, HOH hears that a handful of lawmakers don’t seem to mind the change at the House-side restaurant.

Heard on the Hill: A Sign of the Times

Feb. 18, 2011

Members of Congress often pledge to cut spending of federal tax dollars before they get to Washington. But once they’re here, it can be tough, what with the constant stream of visitors to their offices seeking money for X project or cash for Y program.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Feb. 18, 2011

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. Steve Womack. The Arkansas Republican tells us about his admiration for Winston Churchill.

Heard on the Hill: Holt Hobbles Around the Hill

Feb. 18, 2011

It’s time to add another Congressman to the disabled list.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Paying Tribute

Feb. 18, 2011

Rep. Patrick McHenry took to Twitter on Friday morning to honor the legacy of the late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr., who died 10 years ago Friday after a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: For a Good Cause

Feb. 17, 2011

While the 2010 elections and holiday season may have slowed them down, celebrities are once again streaming into town in support of various causes.

Heard on the Hill: Lorded Over

Feb. 16, 2011

It goes unspoken on Capitol Hill that the Senate is more exclusive than the House. There are fewer Senators, after all, and the chamber enjoys swankier digs.

Heard on the Hill: Paging Don Draper

Feb. 16, 2011

Speaker John Boehner rented downtown restaurant P.J. Clarke’s for a fundraiser Tuesday night, allowing the Ohio Republican and his guests to have their “Mad Men” moment.

Heard on the Hill: Flying Through the Chamber

Feb. 16, 2011

That Superman, always willing to support a good cause.

Heard on the Hill: Hot Spot-teds

Feb. 16, 2011

And now for a couple of strange sights HOH tipsters have witnessed on Capitol Hill over the past two days that we couldn’t resist sharing.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Start Your Engines

Feb. 16, 2011

Rep. Betty McCollum is taking on NASCAR and the military.

Heard on the Hill: Birthday Wishes

Feb. 16, 2011

On Tuesday, Twitter guru and former Capitol Hill staffer Adam Sharp got a special birthday shout-out on the social messaging site from Rep. Darrell Issa.

Heard on the Hill: Oh, Right. It’s Valentine’s Day!

Feb. 15, 2011

Perhaps he forgot to send his valentine a card?

Heard on the Hill: Throwing Names Around

Feb. 15, 2011

Austria, meet Austria. Rep. Steve Austria sat down with Austrian Ambassador Christian Prosl on Tuesday.

Heard on the Hill: Norton’s Hometown Pride

Feb. 15, 2011

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants everyone on Capitol Hill to know that they work in a really awesome city.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Political House

Feb. 15, 2011

One of the stars of the television show “House” is entering the political arena by appearing in a new MoveOn.org ad criticizing recent Republican efforts to limit abortion.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 15, 2011

“They’re going to need an Auctioneer to keep up with all the amendments on the CR over the next few days!!!”

Heard on the Hill: Special Delivery

Feb. 15, 2011

Abortion and other reproductive issues are hot-button topics on Capitol Hill once again. But not every activist effort has been heated.

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