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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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Stories by Rebecca Gale:

The Hill Staffer Campaign Trail Survival Guide

Oct. 22, 2014

It’s October! Which brings postseason baseball (sorry, Nationals) and the return of football. It’s the end of iced coffee and the overly sweet arrival of latte concoctions like pumpkin spice and cinnamon dolce.

Vote for Your Favorite Leaves of Political Change Capitol Quip!

Oct. 15, 2014

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

Are You an Expert? Ways to Tell

Oct. 15, 2014

Among all the hard-working, necktie-to-the-grindstone staffers out there, you’ll notice common themes: All are smart; all are well-connected, and all claim to be “experts.” Sure, the expertise might be in constituent mail merges or flag requests, but such mundane knowledge is valuable. So how can you tell if you’re truly an “expert” in Capitol Hill parlance? Hill Navigator discusses.

Spin is Overrated: Crisis Communications for Members of Congress

Oct. 9, 2014

Ever wonder how “spin doctors” in the public affairs world really accomplish their feats? According to crisis communicator and former White House staffer Eric Dezenhall, promises of “spin” are overrated. His new book “Glass Jaw” (Hatchette Books, 2014) explores the “instant scandals” that can affect anyone and anything: from corporations to members of Congress to average joes.

Vote for Your Favorite Obama Ballot Capitol Quip!

Oct. 8, 2014

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

Secrets From Capitol Hill's Back Rooms: How to Get Hired on the Hill

Oct. 7, 2014

Want that Capitol Hill job? Doesn’t “congressional staffer” have such a nice ring to it?

How to Tackle the Two-Year Staff Assistant Itch

Oct. 6, 2014

What is it about staff assistants? Such a highly coveted job, but once a person is in, established and able to navigate the Cannon tunnels, then — all of a sudden — “Oh please don’t let me be a staff assistant much longer.”

Vote For Your Favorite Eric Holder Capitol Quip!

Oct. 1, 2014

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

Are Changes to FMLA Eligibility on the Horizon?

Oct. 1, 2014

Anne Marie Pearson worked 17 years in human relations for an employer she called “family friendly” until her sister, Joanne Van Newkirk, required immediate care for terminal cancer. She applied for unpaid family leave but was denied — care for a sibling is not covered under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act.

Vote for Your Favorite Congress Headed to Hustings Capitol Quip!

Sept. 24, 2014

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

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for Congressional Staff?

Sept. 23, 2014

Capitol Hill staffers might be learning a new issue area in the upcoming Congress: preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.

Bigger and Better Things: Staffers Who Run for Office

Sept. 17, 2014

Think being a congressional staffer can lead to bigger and better things? What about public office? You’re in good company: 75 of the current House and Senate members previously served as congressional staff, according to CQ Roll Call Member Information and Research. Hill Navigator discusses what aspects of the job may serve you well.

Vote for Your Favorite Eric Cantor Capitol Quip

Sept. 10, 2014

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

How and When to Switch Political Parties, Part 2

Sept. 9, 2014

So. Many. Choices. Well, really, just two.

Roll Call After Dark Quaff of the Week: Iced Coffee Challenge Part 3

Aug. 29, 2014

“Please autumn hold your breath/ While summer collects the last/threads of her dress.”— Carol Trawick, as viewed on a bench outside the Bethesda Library

How and When to Switch Political Parties

Aug. 26, 2014

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America — there’s the United States of America.” Wise, congenial words from then-Sen. Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic Convention. But has a post-partisan world come to Capitol Hill? Are we indeed a United House of Staffers? Not necessarily. Hill Navigator discusses when and how to switch political parties as a congressional staffer.

Getting a D.C. Job: Being Here Makes a Difference

Aug. 21, 2014

Looking to make a switch from law firm life? Maybe you’d like to be more of an Erin Brockovich and less of an Ally McBeal. But how does time at a law firm — especially one outside of D.C. — affect your Capitol Hill job search? Hill Navigator discusses.

How to Leave the Private Sector for Capitol Hill

Aug. 19, 2014

Want to land a job on Capitol Hill? Don’t get too comfy in that private sector Aeron chair; Hill Navigator discusses how and when to start networking to cross “working on Capitol Hill” off your bucket list.

Roll Call After Dark Quaff of the Week: Iced Coffee Challenge

Aug. 13, 2014

In each of our caffeinated hearts, there is a special place for iced coffee.

The Ghost of Drunk Nights Past

Aug. 12, 2014

Think your past can come back to haunt you when searching for a job on Capitol Hill? What if it includes a less-than-stellar record that hasn’t been scrubbed? Hill Navigator discusses.

Tiffany McGuffee, Jordan Haverly Tie the Knot

Aug. 11, 2014

Two Republican press secretaries have tied the knot: Tiffany McGuffee and Jordan Haverly were married on Aug. 2 at the Capitol Hill Club. Rev. Julian Bermudez officiated.

Follow Up on Capitol Hill Job Perks

Aug. 8, 2014

It turns out Capitol Hill isn’t without its perks, at least as observed by outsiders.

I Was Told There’d Be Perks

Aug. 6, 2014

Think Capitol Hill jobs could use a few more perks? Don’t call an UberX just yet. Hill Navigator discusses the tangible benefits of working in Congress.

Harassment Complaints Up at the U.S. Capitol

July 31, 2014

U.S. Capitol employees are reporting more claims of discrimination and harassment — a 20 percent increase from the previous year, according to a report released Thursday by the Office of Compliance.

Vote for Your Favorite Do Nothing Congress Capitol Quip

July 30, 2014

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

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