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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:

Unloved and Underpaid in a Home-State Office

Feb. 11, 2015

It’s no secret Capitol Hill staffers are underpaid compared to their private-sector counterparts. But what if you’re underpaid compared to the rest of Capitol Hill? When is it time to find work in another office? Hill Navigator discusses.

The Era of Cold Calling Has Ended

Feb. 10, 2015

There’s something to be said for gumption: the go-get-‘em attitude that shrinks the power distance between junior staffers and the far senior authorities. But how does one bridge that divide and advance a career in the process? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote for Your Favorite Today Is Tomorrow Capitol Quip!

Feb. 4, 2015

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

'Downton Office' Not First Ethics Flap for Schock

Feb. 4, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock’s, R-Ill., recent flap about his “Downton Abbey”-inspired office decor is not his first run-in with ethics watchdogs. The House Ethics Committee still has a referral into Schock’s actions from March 2012. This case stems from an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation that found he may have improperly solicited contributions for an anti-incumbent super PAC.

On Capitol Hill, Ad Hoc Paid Leave Policies Flourish

Feb. 3, 2015

Much has been written about Capitol Hill staff and the wide disparities in paid maternity and paternity leave policies. Offices with longstanding histories of generous leave policies are quick to speak up, but many offices dodge the question, either citing privacy concerns or giving the classic silent treatment by ignoring reporters’ questions.

Melanie Sloan Settles in With New Crew: Triumph Strategy

Feb. 3, 2015

After 12 years with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as the founding executive director, building the company from a solo enterprise to a 15-person team, Melanie Sloan started the new year by launching her own public affairs firm, Triumph Strategy.

Answers on Paid Leave Hard for Staffers to Find

Jan. 30, 2015

If a member of Congress has a generous parental leave policy but the staff doesn’t know about it, what’s it worth?

Even Among Supporters, Paid Parental Leave for Capitol Hill Staff Varies (Updated)

Jan. 26, 2015

Updated, Jan. 29, 5:35 p.m. | Even for Congress’ most ardent supporters of paid maternity and paternity leave, there is wide variance in their own office policies.

Paid Maternity, Paternity Leave Coming for Congressional Staff?

Jan. 22, 2015

Paid maternity and paternity leave could be coming soon for most federal employees.

Best Fly-In Ever: How to Make the Most of Your D.C. Visit

Jan. 21, 2015

Washington would be a less exciting place without its out-of-town visitors. And “fly-ins” — when interest groups bring their members to town to lobby legislators and agency officials — do more than just keep the hotels full and the Metro lines long. They can draw attention to an issue, rally stakeholders and even move the dial on legislative priorities.

Former Staffer, Cancer Advocate Chip Kennett Dies at 34

Jan. 17, 2015

Updated Jan. 19 | Bayard Winslow “Chip” Kennett II, a former Capitol Hill staffer whose personal battle with lung cancer helped push Congress to take action, died Saturday. He was 34.

The Updated Staffer Guide to the State of the Union 2015

Jan. 16, 2015

Nothing says January like the State of the Union.

Capitol Hill Helps One of Its Own: Chip Kennett Finds Support in Unexpected Places

Jan. 14, 2015

Updated, Jan. 17. | Chip Kennett had never been a smoker.

How to Ace the Business Lunch

Jan. 13, 2015

Forget the sunrise diner special, or candlelit, white tablecloth dinners. If you’re going to eat one meal properly in Washington, D.C., it should be the power lunch. The power lunch is the ideal midday break, a mini-vacation to the day, a chance to hear the lobby pitches while nibbling on veal tagliatelle or steak frites, perhaps eyeing the room to see nearby diners who would warrant a quick tip to Heard on the Hill.

Paid Sick Days, More Workplace Benefits for D.C. Workers

Jan. 8, 2015

Workplace advocacy groups are ringing in the New Year with new family friendly workplace laws, some of which take effect in this month. Among these changes are several in the District of Columbia, including:

Vote for Your Favorite World's Reddest Capitol Quip!

Jan. 7, 2015

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

And the Year it Was: Hill Navigator’s Best of 2014

Dec. 24, 2014

It’s been another year of advice giving, observing staffers and commenting on the workplace. The Senate changed hands. Staffers were fired. Campaigns were won (and lost) and fresh faces are beginning to arrive on Capitol Hill in time for a January swearing-in.

Before You Go, a Short To-Do List for Hill Staffers

Dec. 17, 2014

The “cromnibus” is done! Holidays are here! Tax extenders are done! Sine Die! There are a couple weeks of recess in front of you, with time to tap out some constituent mail and take long lunches, perhaps even a take few days off to spend with family. But not everyone is as happy about their job prospects this holiday season, and lots of transition affects people in different ways. So before you head out, Hill Navigator has a short list of recommended to-do items.

Scott Weaver to Head Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein | Downtown Moves

Dec. 16, 2014

Scott Weaver has been promoted to lead the day-to-day operations of the Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein LLP. Weaver previously served as the firm’s senior public policy adviser and will serve as co-chair of the Practice Group along with ex-Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., who joined the firm in 2009.

Vote for Your Favorite Capitol Christmas Capitol Quip!

Dec. 10, 2014

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

The House Day Care Waitlist Isn't Getting Any Shorter

Dec. 10, 2014

Good news for early childhood education.

Tips for Holiday Parties Continued: Office Etiquette, Hot Tickets and What Not to Do

Dec. 9, 2014

There’s a myth on Capitol Hill that there is no such thing as too many holiday parties.

Hill, K Street: Grab a Drink, Get Your Party On

Dec. 5, 2014

If you’ve been stuck in the Capitol cramming on the “cromnibus” and missing the whole holiday mingling circuit, then it’s time to grab a drink and get your party on.

Vote for Your Favorite Changing of the Guard Capitol Quip!

Dec. 3, 2014

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

The Hill Staffer Guide to Holiday Party Invites

Dec. 3, 2014

By now your inbox should be full of brightly colored invites for holiday parties, open houses, receptions, dinners and cocktails. If it’s December, the holiday party season is in full swing.

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