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Rebecca Gale


Rebecca Gale is the Opinion Editor for Roll Call and author of the Hill Navigator, our 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.

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Stories by Rebecca Gale:

Wallflowers in Bloom

May 20, 2014

It seems to come so easily to many politicians: the hearty handshake, the half-arm hug, asking after family members then listening with oh-so-intrigued eyes as the stories roll in. But what about those for whom small talk and glad-handing isn’t a natural part of their modus operandi? Hill Navigator discusses.

So Over the Hill: Mariah Sixkiller

May 16, 2014

“It’s easy to point fingers at who the problem children are, and yes, it might get better if those members didn’t make it back. But everyone needs to play an active role in trying to create a culture of kindness and respect among staff and members.”

The 8 Types of Capitol Hill Reporters

May 16, 2014

Want to get a reaction in Washington D.C. media?

Notes on House Day Care

May 8, 2014

Once the congratulations and well-wishes for expectant parents are out of the way, the conversation can quickly turn to post-baby plans.

Adventures in Babysitting: Getting Into the House Day Care

May 7, 2014

Thinking about starting a family? Interested in having kids, but not sure when?

Just Say YES

May 7, 2014

Maybe it’s the spring sunshine, or the abundant cherry blossoms, but Hill Navigator has noticed an uptick in questioners who have happily landed in their dream jobs and are asking what to do next. Make more contacts? Stay in touch with old ones? How to say thank you?

Hey, We’ve Met Before, Right?

May 6, 2014

“You gotta network to get work.” Wise words from Dan Egan, fictional Hill staffer turned vice presidential confidante on HBO’s “Veep,” which Hill Navigator finds more palatable than its flashier counterpart, “House of Cards” (but that’s another topic altogether.) The broader point is, once you’ve landed your dream job, how do you stay in touch with all those oh-so-valuable contacts who helped along the way? Hill Navigator answers.

Your 15 Minutes of Fame With Stu Rothenberg

May 1, 2014

My colleague Nathan Gonzales has a must-read out today for any Capitol Hill or campaign flack looking to set up interviews for their boss/candidate: How to Ruin Your Interview With Stu Rothenberg.

Vote For Your Favorite Cliven Bundy Quip | Capitol Quip

April 30, 2014

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

Rotunda Reopens Thursday, Topped by 6,100-Pound Doughnut

April 30, 2014

A giant white doughnut, clocking in at 6,100 pounds, graces the upper reaches of the Capitol Rotunda.

The 9 Kinds of Capitol Hill Flacks

April 29, 2014

Is there any job out there better than being a Capitol Hill flack? No, this is not a rhetorical question. There’s something about pitching your boss, day-in and day-out, through votes, campaigns, cable TV interviews and the occasional scandal, that allows you to go home with a satisfied grin of a job well done.

The Intern Rerun

April 29, 2014

Hill Navigator has long lauded the benefits of internships. But even the best of internships have their limits. How do you know when you’ve reached the end of the intern trail? Hill Navigator discusses.

Staffer Benefits Under Fire -- From Members of Congress

April 23, 2014

Who said there was no drama in government work? How about when staffer health care benefits are coming under fire from lawmakers? Seems odd that the men and women trusted to run the government want to yank insurance coverage from their own staff, who largely make approximately 20 percent less than the competitive wages for their work. It may not be an episode of “Scandal,” but it’s frightening just the same.

Boston Marathon Debrief: Staffers, Members Reflect

April 22, 2014

“[We] are reminded that no act of violence, no matter how senseless, can ever take away from the world-class athletic event that the Boston Marathon is and always will be.” — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Arnie Thomas, Veteran Washington News Man, Dies at 66

April 14, 2014

Arnie Thomas, a former senior vice president at CQ Roll Call, former director of LEGI-SLATE at The Washington Post, president of the A Thomas Group and mentor to scores of co-workers over the years, died of a heart attack on April 12. He was 66 years old.

Boston Bound: Capitol Hill Staffers Lace Up for Marathon

April 14, 2014

Kerry Allen knows what it’s like to go to work on only a few hours of sleep. The legislative assistant for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is up every morning before sunrise to log miles as part of her training plan for the upcoming Boston Marathon. Even on days when she does double-digit-mile runs, Allen is at her desk in the Hart Senate Office Building by 9 a.m.

Mentee Seeking Mentor

April 9, 2014

Wouldn’t it be great if David Axelrod decided to meet you for coffee? Or how about if Sheryl Sandberg or Theo Epstein emailed to see if you were free for lunch in Longworth, to, you know, talk about your future?

Are Happy Days Here Again?

April 7, 2014

Everyone has bad days. The Metro breaks down (in a tunnel). Coffee spills (on your keyboard). And errors are made (that the boss catches). So how do you bounce back when you know you’ve erred? Hill Navigator discusses.

The Lobbying World for the Rest of Us

March 31, 2014

It seems like nearly every time you open Roll Call, there’s a story about someone who is leaving the Hill. Gone are the government-issued BlackBerrys, the cheap suits and the metal detectors; say hello to the company-issued iPad mini, monogrammed cufflinks and personal office baristas.

In Defense of Mark Leibovich's Campaign Flack Targets

March 27, 2014

Hill Navigator is a little late to the game on this one, but was recently handed a copy of Mark Leibovich’s New York Times Magazine article, “All is Fair in the Fog of Fake Outrage” (March 9). Leibovich dissects what he terms “completely inappropriate drama” behind the Kentucky Senate race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The Loser’s Guide to the Job Hunt

March 25, 2014

Hill Navigator has yet to meet a person in Washington, D.C., who has never been turned down for a job. On both sides of the aisle, in each branch of government, there are staffers that — like you — were not picked for a job they wanted.*

And the Winner of the Staff Assistant Job Is . . .

March 18, 2014

We’ve all been there — qualified, hopeful, ready to hit the ground running but ultimately not the one picked for the job. But what happens when you aren’t even given a chance to apply? Hill Navigator discusses.

When All Is Said and Done, Keep It Classy

March 12, 2014

Capitol Hill got you down? Maybe you didn’t get the press secretary position you were so qualified for. Maybe your merit raise hardly amounted to a cost-of-living adjustment? Or perhaps the boss that loved you is retiring, or caught in some embarrassing scandal, and you’re done listening to people scream at you over the telephone.

Hey There, Awkward

March 11, 2014

It’s no news to anyone that Capitol Hill’s close quarters and young staffers produce some intraoffice dating scenarios. It’s only newsworthy when the congressman’s involved, but what happens when it’s just two lonely legislative assistants, quietly getting together after hours? Hill Navigator has some advice for everyone involved — bystanders included.

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