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Rebecca Gale


Rebecca Gale is an award-winning journalist at Roll Call, who has covered wide-ranging issues from landing a job on Capitol Hill, student loan reimbursements, maternity and paternity leave, and childcare for working parents.

Her story on pumping options for Capitol Hill mothers, “The Other Back Room: Breastfeeding on Capitol Hill” won a business reporting award from the MDDC Press Association. Roll Call’s “Hill Navigator” was selected as a “Best Career Advice Blogs of 2015” by eCollegeFinder. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published by Boxfire Press, and her debut novel, "Trying," was published by Boxfire Press in December 2012. She is the author of the e-book "Best Intern Ever: Roll Call’s Guide to Acing Your Internship.” She also serves as a contributing editor to the It’s Working Project.

Prior to coming to CQ Roll Call, Rebecca worked as a press secretary and communications director for senators and members of Congress on Capitol Hill. She has also worked on presidential and congressional campaigns, both as spokesperson and communications director. She graduated with honors from Miami University in Ohio and has a master's degree in political communication from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Stories by Rebecca Gale:

Ready for Congress 3.0?

Dec. 10, 2015

The 2016 election year is almost upon us, but “Congress is largely still stuck in the 1970s,” argues Bradford Fitch, president of the Congressional Management Foundation.

Holiday Party Time Kicks Off

Dec. 7, 2015

It’s holiday party time, and every trade organization, lobbying shop and PR firm wants to ply members and their staff with booze, food and gifts.

Vote for a Refugees Capitol Quip!

Dec. 2, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Where the Drinkers Are in Congress

Dec. 2, 2015

The congressional drinking culture is alive and well, helped along by the demands of the job.

From Sex Worker to Hill Staffer

Dec. 2, 2015

“Drink a beer, smoke a joint. But lay off the crack, it will rot your teeth.”

Vote for Your Favorite Honeymooners Capitol Quip!

Nov. 18, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Congresswoman Left for Dead at Jonestown Recalls the Massacre, 37 Years Later

Nov. 18, 2015

Rep. Jackie Speier knows exactly how it feels to be left for dead.

Finding That Committee Staffer Spot

Nov. 6, 2015

Ah, the joys of working in a personal office: those unexpected “drop-by” visitors, a daily interaction with an elected official, even the chance to learn the legislative ropes vis-a-vis writing stacks of constituent mail. But what happens when a staffer wants to tackle a particular legislative issue and make the leap to become a committee staffer? Hill Navigator discusses.

Maryland Residents Stand to Gain on Paid Leave

Nov. 5, 2015

Following the path of D.C.’s ambitious proposed paid leave policy, federal workers who live in Maryland might also see a change to their paid leave benefits. Maryland Del. Ariana Kelly, a Democrat, plans to introduce legislation in January to allow federal workers who work in D.C. and live in Maryland to opt-in to a state insurance pool and receive up to 12 weeks of paid leave benefits.

Looking for Lost References

Nov. 4, 2015

A great internship experience can lead to valuable references, which is one of the myriad reasons interning on Capitol Hill is often the best way to secure a full-time job there. But what if those valuable references aren’t in the same position anymore? Hill Navigator discusses how to track them down.

Telford-Esposo Halloween Night Nuptials

Nov. 3, 2015

Erik Telford, president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity and publisher of Watchdog.org, and Kristine Esposo, senior director at The Herald Group, were married on Oct. 31 at Saint Peter’s on Capitol Hill Catholic Church.

Why a Former Staffer Could Make a Good Speaker

Oct. 30, 2015

Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., in the course of two decades, has risen from congressional staffer to the speakership.

5 Things You Should Know About D.C.’s Proposed Paid Leave

Oct. 28, 2015

Washington, D.C., is poised to become the jurisdiction with the most generous paid family leave plan in the country, but its effects on the area’s federal workers are complicated.

Ryan's Demands Include Plea for Work-Life Balance

Oct. 22, 2015

Much of the media attention on Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s “conditions” for becoming the next speaker focus on his requirement that three disparate factions of the GOP unite in support of him. But one condition tucked neatly into the list includes a plea for work-life balance: no weekend fundraising travel.

How to Dress for Success on Capitol Hill

Oct. 21, 2015

Dress for the job you want, right? While many businesses are trending casual, Capitol Hill still keeps the suits-ties-blazers-heels look at all hours. A formal dress code is mandated by House and Senate rules while on the floor, so staffers naturally follow along. But what if an attempt to brighten up a work outfit draws unwanted comments? Hill Navigator discusses.

Study Finds Congress Is Paying More Attention to Social Media

Oct. 14, 2015

It turns out Congress cares what you say on Twitter.

D.C. Paid Leave Law May Change Hill Staff Income Taxes

Oct. 7, 2015

Hill staffers who are District residents could see a new line on their tax forms if D.C.’s proposed paid leave plan becomes law: a special tax for residents whose employers, such as the federal government, are not paying into D.C.’s Family and Medical Leave Fund.

Vote for Your Favorite Benghazi Capitol Quip!

Oct. 7, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

How D.C. Paid Leave Could Affect Capitol Hill Staff

Oct. 6, 2015

In a dramatic move in the push for paid leave, the D.C. government has introduced legislation that would provide 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave — even for D.C. residents who work for the federal government, including on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill: It’s Not for Everyone

Oct. 6, 2015

Working on Capitol Hill may be a dream job for some, but others may find the esoteric workplace a hard place in which to succeed. So what do you do if you decide Capitol Hill is not for you, and how long should you wait it out? Hill Navigator discusses.

Members of Congress, Staff Tee Off to Remember Chip Kennett

Oct. 2, 2015

Members of Congress, current and former staffers are among the honorary host and tournament committees of The Chip Kennett Memorial Golf Tournament, scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va.

What's Next for John Boehner’s Staff?

Oct. 1, 2015

Many things will change in the House when Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, resigns at the end of October, including employment prospects of his current staff.

Farenthold Case Prompts Talk About Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

Sept. 29, 2015

“What do you do if you’re being sexually harassed in your office?” one user asked Monday morning on the anonymous Capitol Hill social-networking app Cloakroom.

Friends Remember Jake Brewer, Beloved White House Staffer

Sept. 21, 2015

Jacob Thomas “Jake” Brewer, a White House staffer who had worked at Change.org, the Sunlight Foundation and the Energy Action Coalition, died on Sept. 19 after a cycling accident. He was 34.

Say Goodbye to That Co-Worker You Never Liked

Sept. 16, 2015

They’re leaving. It’s happening. That person you never liked sitting next to is finding a new office. Or maybe they’re being frog-marched out the door, or promoted to a plum administration post, complete with a hard pin. Whatever the scenario, someone you don’t like at work is leaving, and you’re ready to throw a stapler-confetti party at your desk.

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