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Alison McSherry

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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 bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University.

McSherry no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Alison McSherry:

Heard on the Hill: Be My (Co-Sponsor) Valentine

Feb. 14, 2011

Official communication between Senators tends to be pretty dull, often restricted to run-of-the-mill “Dear Colleague” letters. But HOH hears Sen. Jeanne Shaheen creatively got into the holiday spirit Monday when she sent around information about a piece of legislation.

Heard on the Hill: Mistaken Identity

Feb. 14, 2011

HOH hears that an eager Capitol Hill visitor ran up to Rep. Elijah Cummings last week and began chatting about an old speech the Maryland Democrat had given. The only problem: The visitor was talking to Rep. John Lewis.

Heard on the Hill: The Candy Man Can

Feb. 14, 2011

When Senators are hungry or tired or in need of a little pick-me-up, there’s one man they can turn to: Sen. Mark Kirk.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Feb. 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 Sen. Jon Tester. The Montana Democrat shares his love of red beer.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 14, 2011

“dear tom, it’s never too late to reconcile our differences. i miss the way i clung to your face. bring me back, if only for valentines day.”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Bittersweet Symphony

Feb. 14, 2011

Anti-deficit advocacy group Public Notice is spreading the love — of cutting government spending — on Capitol Hill on Monday by sending “bittersweet valentines” to Members of Congress.

Heard on the Hill: Happy Hour

Feb. 11, 2011

Looks like the Capitol Hill hot spot the Monocle is back in style. HOH reported that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was seen hanging out at the restaurant a few weeks back, and now we hear Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was at the bar Thursday night.

Heard on the Hill: Crossing Enemy Lines

Feb. 11, 2011

On Thursday evening, Sen. Amy Klobuchar was tasked with a job that appeared to be less than thrilling for the Minnesota Democrat.

Heard on the Hill: On the Heels of Giant

Feb. 11, 2011

Should she ever leave Congress, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton might have a future as a celebrity spokeswoman.

Heard on the Hill: For the Love of the Game

Feb. 11, 2011

It’s no secret that Rep. Mike Quigley is a big hockey fan. After all, the Illinois Democrat helped to bring the Stanley Cup to Capitol Hill in December.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: A Roast for Honda

Feb. 11, 2011

Rep. Mike Honda’s tenure as chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus came to an end this week, but Members didn’t let him pass the torch without first undergoing some friendly ribbing.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 11, 2011

“Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. Having a great day with family & friends at Celebration of Reading.”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Be My Valentine

Feb. 10, 2011

There’s a lot of love in politics these days — and we aren’t just talking about ex-Rep. Chris Lee’s (R-N.Y.) efforts on Craigslist. The Republican National Committee is out with a set of politically themed Valentine’s Day cards featuring its Democratic opponents spreading a few tongue-in-cheek political messages.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: WPCF Dinner Proves Short Equals Sweet

Feb. 10, 2011

Sen. Chris Coons could soon seize the title as the funniest guy in Congress.

Heard on the Hill: Slip and Slide

Feb. 9, 2011

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson is sporting a new accessory: a sling.

Heard on the Hill: Congressional Fashion Tips

Feb. 9, 2011

The local blog Fashion Delegate is offering guidelines for new Members of Congress who are looking to show a little bit of self-expression in their wardrobe.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 9, 2011

“More social than Facebook: The gate at the @USAirways shuttle at LGA. Sit here long enough, you run into everyone.”

HOH's One-Minute Recess: In Jeopardy — and Excited About It

Feb. 9, 2011

Sen. Claire McCaskill was a recent answer to a “Jeopardy” question in a category about Members of Congress on Twitter. Not surprisingly, the Missouri Democrat mentioned it on Twitter on Tuesday evening — and noted that her mom now approves of the social messaging website.

Heard on the Hill: There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom

Feb. 9, 2011

It’s pretty easy to get lost in the dark, twisted maze that is the basement of the Capitol. Even Members of Congress sometimes lose their way — and wind up in places they aren’t supposed to be.

Heard on the Hill: All Bottled Out

Feb. 8, 2011

Congress spends about $860,000 a year on bottled water, and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) thinks it’s time Members got off the bottle.

Heard on the Hill: Valentine’s Day Love for Veterans

Feb. 8, 2011

Rep. Marcia Fudge is working on a special Valentine’s Day project this year.

Heard on the Hill: Senate Staffers Tying the Knot

Feb. 8, 2011

Wedding bells are about to ring for two top Democratic Senate aides, HOH has learned.

Heard on the Hill: Strike Up the Band

Feb. 8, 2011

A rock “super group” is coming to town next month — and it is aiming to make Members of Congress and political VIPs its audience.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Couch Potato, With Historical Significance

Feb. 8, 2011

Turns out that Members of Congress who sleep in their offices aren’t just saving a few extra bucks. Their efforts could land them a place in a museum.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 8, 2011

“Move over Punxsutawney Phil, Truck Day = first official sign of spring.”

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