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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:

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Feb. 1, 2011

“If Taco Bell needs to beef up, they can give their customers the highest quality meat around by using Montana beef, and in the process, supporting agriculture jobs in Montana.”

Heard on the Hill: Getting the Band Back Together

Jan. 31, 2011

Look out Washington, the remaining members of Congressional rock band the Second Amendments are reuniting for a performance next week.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Jan. 31, 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. Rob Wittman. The Virginia Republican represents what is often referred to as “America’s first district” because it contains the historical city of Jamestown.

Heard on the Hill: Wheeling and Dealing

Jan. 31, 2011

All of D.C. seemed caught up in “Jersey Shore” mania on Monday when Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made a celebrity appearance at the Washington Auto Show.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Alexander Takes the Stage

Jan. 31, 2011

Staffers may have heard piano music coming from the Capitol last week as Sen. Lamar Alexander tickled the ivories in his Senate hideaway.

Heard on the Hill: Senator to Offer Dating Advice

Jan. 31, 2011

Sen. Mike Crapo is about to dish out dating tips to teenagers.

Heard on the Hill: Repeating the Vows in California

Jan. 31, 2011

Freshman Rep. Karen Bass really wants to make her oath of office stick.

Heard on the Hill: Something Smells Fishy

Jan. 28, 2011

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t just serve to push his agenda. It also got him a free meal, courtesy of Sen. Mark Begich.

Heard on the Hill: Members of Congress Get Stuck in Traffic, Too

Jan. 28, 2011

Not even lawmakers could escape the snow that hit the D.C. metro area Wednesday night. Rep. Rob Wittman spent a whopping seven hours sitting in traffic on his way home to Montross, Va.

Heard on the Hill: Sleep Tight

Jan. 28, 2011

Seems like it was only a matter of time before somebody thought of this gimmick.

Heard on the Hill: Soup and Other Sustenance

Jan. 28, 2011

White House Chief of Staff William Daley had a busy Thursday announcing a slew of staff changes, but that didn’t stop him from taking time to have dinner with his old pal, Sen. Mark Kirk.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Louisiana Happy Hour

Jan. 28, 2011

Former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) took some time to reconnect with his Cajun roots Thursday night.

Heard on the Hill: Overheard on the Hill

Jan. 28, 2011

“You there, in the harem pants with the sparkle tube top and platforms ... cute outfit, not appropriate for the Hill, even on Friday.”

Heard on the Hill: Crusade Against Potty Mouths

Jan. 28, 2011

Perhaps in a salute to the new spirit of civility in Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) took to the House floor last week to honor the California teenager who founded the No Cussing Club.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Parade of Tax Lobbyists

Jan. 27, 2011

It seems that every lobbying interest in the country had a response to the State of the Union address, but none quite as creative as John Kelly’s.

Heard on the Hill: From Senator to Tour Guide

Jan. 26, 2011

While many in Congress brought family members to the State of the Union address, Sen. Sherrod Brown opted to take a wounded soldier to this year’s festivities.

Heard on the Hill: Biting the Hand That Feeds You?

Jan. 26, 2011

Rep. Dennis Kucinich may want to avoid buying lunch from the House cafeterias.

Office Walls Display Rohrabacher’s Adventures

Jan. 26, 2011

The 12-term California Republican has collected memorabilia ranging from surfboards to photos with President Ronald Reagan.

Heard on the Hill: Cool Day, Hot Dishes

Jan. 26, 2011

The Minnesota Congressional delegation was up late Tuesday night, and not just because of the State of the Union address.

Heard on the Hill: The Cool Kids

Jan. 26, 2011

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is hipper than he seems, according to Rep. Mary Bono Mack.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Dressing for the Occasion

Jan. 26, 2011

Fashionistas are abuzz about first lady Michelle Obama’s State of the Union sheath dress — it had sleeves! — but Capitol Hill denizens seemed more interested in freshman Rep. Frederica Wilson’s flashy houndstooth ensemble.

Heard on the Hill: Preserving the Memory

Jan. 26, 2011

Turns out even Members of Congress ask for autographs. Each other’s autographs, that is.

Heard on the Hill: Super Bowl Snacks in the Senate

Jan. 25, 2011

Football fans, take note: Restaurant Associates is getting in on the Super Bowl craze by offering themed meals at the American Grill in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Obama Makes History ... Again

Jan. 25, 2011

File this under super-nerdy news.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Senators Bet on Super Bowl

Jan. 25, 2011

’Tis the season for Super Bowl bets.

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