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Rebecca Gale


Rebecca Gale is the Opinion Editor for Roll Call and author of the Hill Navigator, Roll Call's workplace advice column.

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.

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 also the author of the e-book "Best Intern Ever: Roll Call’s Guide to Acing Your Internship.”

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Climbing That Ladder: Will Graduate School Help on Capitol Hill?

May 28, 2015

Got ambition? Plenty of high-ranking Capitol Hill staffers once started answering the phones and answering mail (even before there was email . . . back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). But take a look at any resume stack and graduate school comes up quite a bit. So just how helpful is that graduate degree on Capitol Hill? Hill Navigator discusses:

Vote for Your Beach Blanket Capitol Quip!

May 27, 2015

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

Vote for Your Favorite Nuclear World Series Capitol Quip!

May 20, 2015

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

The Revolving Doors of D.C.’s Think Tanks

May 20, 2015

Interning is considered one of the best ways to start out in D.C. — especially on Capitol Hill, where internships can often lead to paid work. But what if you are working at a think tank, albeit one with strong political and congressional ties? Hill Navigator discusses.

Looking Good in That #Strengthie

May 14, 2015

Just when you thought selfies couldn’t get any more prevalent, the ONE Campaign comes in strong with a new one.

Clout Calculations: When's a Good Time to Leave Leadership?

May 14, 2015

If you work for the highest-ranking member of the House, just how good must a job offer be to jump ship?

Student Loan Payments, With Strings Attached

May 13, 2015

The Student Loan Repayment Program can be a financial boon to many Capitol Hill staffers. But what happens when an office offers loan payments in lieu of a raise? Hill Navigator discusses.

A Former Staffer's 'Glamour' Side

May 12, 2015

Giovanna Gray Lockhart already knows what it means to hit the ground running with style.

Breakfast in the Capital, Shake Shack Style

May 8, 2015

Mornings at Union Station just got a bit brighter.

The Difficult Bosses of Capitol Hill

May 7, 2015

Happy members of Congress are all alike (and great to work for); unhappy members are each unhappy in their own way. Wise — paraphrased — words from Tolstoy ring true about the Capitol Hill workplace: Difficult bosses come in all stripes. What do you do if you land in one of the many (many, many) offices with a difficult boss at the helm? Hill Navigator discusses.

Amos Snead Shows Off His Alabama Roots

May 5, 2015

Amos Snead is showing off his roots.

Can Hill Staffers Be Successful MBA Applicants?

April 29, 2015

Graduate school is a common career trajectory for Capitol Hill staff, many of whom are fresh out of college and sit, at least at this point of their lives, at the tip of their careers.

Student Loan Forgiveness for Staff on Chopping Block

April 22, 2015

One of the more generous benefits for congressional staffers might be on the chopping block in this year’s budget. The House and Senate budgets include cuts for education, employment and training, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The program forgives all federally backed student loans for those working for 10 cumulative years in public service — including time spent on Capitol Hill.

Hill Staffer Student Loan Perk Comes With Caveats

April 20, 2015

Have student loans and want a $10,000 raise? The Student Loan Repayment Program, offered through both the House and Senate, can shoulder the student loan burden for up to $10,000 per staff member per year.

Vote for Your Favorite Hillary Clinton Capitol Quip!

April 16, 2015

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

How to Deal With Those 'No' People

April 15, 2015

“Whatever it is, I’m against it” — Groucho Marx, “Horse Feathers”

Nursing Lounge Coming to Nationals Park?

April 9, 2015

Nationals Park may be getting a bit more family friendly this year.

The Power Lunch: Kosher for Passover Version

April 8, 2015

Whether it’s the Longworth Cafeteria or BLT Steak, the power lunch continues during recess just as it does when Congress is in session. But for those for whom an in-session day requires more time in the office, recess periods can be better time for the power lunch of the white tablecloth variety.

What Happens to the Menendez Foreign Relations Staffers?

April 8, 2015

When scandals strike a senator, what does it mean for his staff?

The Road to Re-Employment: State Staff Edition

April 3, 2015

It can be hard to land a job on Capitol Hill, even for those who live and work in D.C. But what about former state and district staffers, who still want to work on Capitol Hill even after their boss has exited stage right? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote For Your Favorite Federal Budget Bunny Capitol Quip!

April 2, 2015

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

Vulnerable Senators Switch Votes on Paid Sick Leave (Updated)

March 26, 2015

Updated 9:20 p.m. | Two of the most vulnerable Republican senators, Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, switched their votes Thursday on an amendment that would allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick time annually.

Getting Your Intern Application to Stand Out

March 24, 2015

Job applications can be stressful, even for the “junior interns.” So how do you go about navigating the confusing world of the intern application process? Hill Navigator discusses.

Double Duty: Graduate School and Capitol Hill

March 23, 2015

Hill staffers can do anything: pen legislation, autograph in lieu of a member of Congress, even run for office. But can they carry on the demanding, long-hours job while going to graduate school at night? Hill Navigator discusses.

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