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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:

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.

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.

Experts Weigh In on Capitol Hill Paternity Leave Policy

July 21, 2014

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

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.

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.

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