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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 Calls Guide to Acing Your Internship.

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Stories by Rebecca Gale:

Hill Staff Making Less Money, Reports Show

Nov. 10, 2014

Hill staffers might be working hard in competitive jobs, but they still arent making much money, according to two new reports from the Congressional Research Service.

How to Land a Job Working for a New Member of Congress

Nov. 6, 2014

The congressional job search goes into overdrive every two years, as each election brings new members of Congress looking to hire staff. Working for a new member can be so much fun you get all the optimism, good will and eagerness of Congress without the jaded, pessimistic edge (at least not yet). But how do you land one of those coveted spots? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote for Your Favorite Election Results Capitol Quip!

Nov. 5, 2014

The five finalists for this weeks caption contest are ready for your votes.

Hill Staffers Win Local Elections

Nov. 5, 2014

Hill staffers can do pretty well when they run for local office.

Congressional Staff Organizations: Just Like College, Right?

Oct. 31, 2014

Remember that time your closest friends were just down the hall from you? You could meet in the cafeteria for lunch, or grab a drink together at the end of the day at a local bar?

Vote for Your Favorite Trick or Treat Capitol Quip!

Oct. 29, 2014

The five finalists for this weeks caption contest are ready for your votes.

All Work? Congress Averaging 70-Hour Work Week

Oct. 28, 2014

Who are some of the hardest working men and women in Washington, D.C.? Congress, apparently. Members of Congress work an average of 70 hours per week when in session and nearly 60 hours per week for district work periods, with approximately 13 meetings a day, according to a report by the Business-Industry Political Action Committee and the Congressional Management Foundation. Congress gets knocked for its work practices constantly and the 113th is on track to be one of the least productive congresses but members are busy with active schedules.

The Hill Staffer Campaign Trail Survival Guide

Oct. 22, 2014

Its October! Which brings postseason baseball (sorry, Nationals) and the return of football. Its 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 weeks 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, youll 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 youre 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 weeks 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? Doesnt 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 dont let me be a staff assistant much longer.

Vote For Your Favorite Eric Holder Capitol Quip!

Oct. 1, 2014

The five finalists for this weeks 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 weeks 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? Youre 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 weeks 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

Theres not a liberal America and a conservative America theres 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 youd 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? Dont 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.

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