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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 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.

Tough Lessons Learned for Staffer Resigning Over First Daughters Comments

Dec. 1, 2014

Another Capitol Hill staffer learns the rough lesson of the power of words and social media.

How to Negotiate Anything: Lessons Learned From the Capitol Leaders Program

Nov. 25, 2014

Forty House and Senate foreign affairs and national security staffers came together recently at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs to learn the necessary skills to overcome gridlock in Congress. The program was organized by the Partnership for a Secure America and Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation. The bridge to bipartisanship, it seems, will be built by cooperative staffers.

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Elephant Walk Capitol Quip!

Nov. 19, 2014

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

The Hill Navigator Guide to Sending Holiday Cards

Nov. 19, 2014

Welcome to the holiday season! It’s full of receptions, cocktail parties and Christmas cards, all things Hill Navigator endorses (in moderation, of course). But how do you go about sending cards to your workplace contacts? Hill Navigator discusses.

Going to the Chapel, Gonna Get Married: Roll Call Wedding Announcements

Nov. 17, 2014

Love is in the air! Along with the holidays comes a season of true love, wedding bells, engagement rings and champagne toasts.

Welcome to Capitol Hill! Hit the Ground Running

Nov. 12, 2014

Now that Election Day euphoria has worn off, planning for the congressional office can begin. With New Member Orientation gearing up and offices looking to staff up quickly, how can new staffers hit the ground running? Hill Navigator discusses.

Hill Staff Making Less Money, Reports Show

Nov. 10, 2014

Hill staffers might be working hard in competitive jobs, but they still aren’t 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 week’s 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 week’s 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

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.”

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