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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:

How to Write — and Receive — Mean Emails

July 29, 2014

Before the age of emails, people would leave nasty voice mails. It was a quick and efficient way to get your message across without having the face-to-face encounter that so many people want to avoid. But now there is email. Don’t like the tone someone takes with a constituent? Put it in email. Saw some errors on that last press release? Fire off an email. Did something go through without your approval? Write that in an email and send it right off.

How to Suffer Fools Gladly

July 23, 2014

Every office has one: The person whom you aren’t quite sure how he landed a job. Or how she graduated college. Or managed to wear matching shoes.

Dads on Capitol Hill: House Paternity Leave Varies Widely

July 21, 2014

Matt Dennis wasn’t used to making reporters wait for a response. But when he was on paternity leave, his newborn son Jonah took priority over his boss, Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York, so he put the BlackBerry aside.

Experts Weigh In on Capitol Hill Paternity Leave Policy

July 21, 2014

Continued from Dads on Capitol Hill: House Paternity Leave Not So Simple

Vote for Your Favorite Congress Border Run Capitol Quip

July 16, 2014

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

The Quick Guide to 'Best Intern Ever: How to Ace Your Capitol Hill Internship'

July 16, 2014

Interns are busy. Most everyone in D.C. is busy. But as longtime Hill Navigator readers may have noticed, this week we launched the first Roll Call e-book: Best Intern Ever: How to Ace Your Capitol Hill Internship.

Waiting for the 'SuperJob'

July 8, 2014

Like your job? But what if there is something out there even better for you — fancier title, higher tax bracket, maybe even a MacBook Air? How do you decide when to leave a good job for something that could be better? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote for Your Favorite Thad Cochran Riding High Quip | Capitol Quip

July 2, 2014

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

Beginner’s Guide to Political Reporting Jobs

June 25, 2014

So you want to be a reporter? You want to join the profession listed as among the worst jobs of 2014, at a time when publishing industry is going through a “period of turmoil”?

Is That Flexible Workplace Coming to Capitol Hill?

June 23, 2014

The White House Summit on Working Families rolled out a big-ticket list of speakers Monday — POTUS, FLOTUS, VPOTUS, among them — to put the “national spotlight” on such an “important issue.”

The Updated Staffer Guide to the Congressional Baseball Game

June 23, 2014

It’s that time of year again.

Memo to Capitol Hill Staff: Work Fewer Hours

June 19, 2014

Brigid Schulte is late.

For Breast-Feeding Moms Returning to Work: Speak Up

June 18, 2014

For new moms returning to work after maternity leave, having an up-front conversation with the boss can be difficult. Especially when it’s about breast-feeding.

For Cantor Staffers, What's Next?

June 16, 2014

While much of the news is focused on the races for House GOP leadership, a number of staffers are quietly conducting a race of their own: finding new jobs.

Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn

June 15, 2014

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., recently added a new line to his career summary: Marriage officiant.

In the [Job] Loop: Intern Edition

June 11, 2014

For most of Capitol Hill, summer means intern season is just beginning. But what if you’re on a different timetable, and your internship is ending without a paid job yet? Hill Navigator discusses.

New LGBT Leadership for House and Senate Staffers

June 10, 2014

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Congressional Staff Association, the House of Representatives’ bipartisan LGBT organization, has announced new leadership changes.

For Gay Staffers, a Changing Capitol Hill

June 10, 2014

In 2004, during the debate for the now-defunct Federal Marriage Amendment, tensions on Capitol Hill for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had reached unprecedented levels. Gay staffers were being singled out in an aggressive “outing” campaign, with hostile phone calls to their homes and offices, and even personal confrontations. Four staffers decided to take action, forming the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff Caucus. ”It was imperative for the LGBT community to have a safe space,” said Jeffrey Levensaler, one of the founders of GLASS and currently deputy chief of staff to Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

Wedding Bells for Staffers Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe

June 8, 2014

From the campaign trail to walking down the aisle — Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe were married on May 24 at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill.

Silence is the New Black

June 4, 2014

Congratulations on landing the interview, but what happens when the office goes silent? Is this a convoluted game of playing hard to get? Or is no answer really a “no” answer? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote for Your Favorite Driving Congress Capitol Quip

June 4, 2014

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

Vote for Your Favorite Shinseki Capitol Quip | Capitol Quip

May 28, 2014

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

The Return of Roll Call Wedding Announcements

May 22, 2014

It’s that time of year. Wedding bells are ringing. Love is in the air.

Vote For Your Favorite Washington Monument Capitol Quip

May 21, 2014

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

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