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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 Best Member of Congress for Your Job

July 8, 2015

Best job ever? Maybe, but how valuable could a job be without a promotion in sight? And what happens if another office comes a-courting, with a hefty raise attached? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote for Your Favorite SCOTUS Fireworks Capitol Quip!

July 1, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Overtime Pay Not Likely for Congressional Staff

June 30, 2015

President Barack Obama may be signing overtime rules into place for nearly 5 million workers, but those beneficiaries aren’t likely to include Capitol Hill staffers.

Policy or Communications? How to Choose

June 24, 2015

If “chief of staff” sits atop the apex of the congressional staffer pyramid, there are typically two expertise areas that lead to it: policy or communications. But how do you decide if you’re meant to be a legislative assistant or press secretary, which lead down distinct career paths? Hill Navigator discusses.

A True Workplace Father's Day Gift: Paternity Leave

June 17, 2015

Want to give dads on Capitol Hill a real gift this Father’s Day?

Marijuana Laws Haven’t Blazed Any Trails on Capitol Hill, Yet

June 16, 2015

Marijuana may be legal in D.C., but it’s still illegal on Capitol Hill.

Vote for Your Favorite League of Their Own Capitol Quip!

June 10, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Banish the Conference Call, Part 1: Why It's Awful

June 10, 2015

“That was a great conference call,” said no one ever. Or, maybe they had, but couldn’t be heard over the traffic zooming by, or another participant’s dog barking or the person who thinks they’re on mute and is chattering away rather than listening.

Banish the Conference Call, Part 2: Alternatives

June 10, 2015

Conference calls provide a mediocre solution to a legitimate dilemma on how best to connect multiple people simultaneously for a conversation. “Sometimes it’s the only way to coordinate between three people,” said Brad Fitch, president of the Congressional Management Foundation.

Staffer Guide to the 2015 Congressional Baseball Game

June 10, 2015

It’s that time of year again.

Vote For Your Favorite Lights Out Capitol Quip!

June 3, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Farmers Market Returns to HHS Plaza

June 2, 2015

Good news for those who work near the Health and Human Services Department. (Looking at you, Rayburn.)

Climbing That Ladder: Will Graduate School Help on Capitol Hill?

May 28, 2015

Got ambition? Plenty of high-ranking Capitol Hill staffers once started answering the phones and answering mail (even before there was email . . . back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). But take a look at any resume stack and graduate school comes up quite a bit. So just how helpful is that graduate degree on Capitol Hill? Hill Navigator discusses:

Vote for Your Beach Blanket Capitol Quip!

May 27, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Vote for Your Favorite Nuclear World Series Capitol Quip!

May 20, 2015

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

The Revolving Doors of D.C.’s Think Tanks

May 20, 2015

Interning is considered one of the best ways to start out in D.C. — especially on Capitol Hill, where internships can often lead to paid work. But what if you are working at a think tank, albeit one with strong political and congressional ties? Hill Navigator discusses.

Looking Good in That #Strengthie

May 14, 2015

Just when you thought selfies couldn’t get any more prevalent, the ONE Campaign comes in strong with a new one.

Clout Calculations: When's a Good Time to Leave Leadership?

May 14, 2015

If you work for the highest-ranking member of the House, just how good must a job offer be to jump ship?

Student Loan Payments, With Strings Attached

May 13, 2015

The Student Loan Repayment Program can be a financial boon to many Capitol Hill staffers. But what happens when an office offers loan payments in lieu of a raise? Hill Navigator discusses.

A Former Staffer's 'Glamour' Side

May 12, 2015

Giovanna Gray Lockhart already knows what it means to hit the ground running with style.

Breakfast in the Capital, Shake Shack Style

May 8, 2015

Mornings at Union Station just got a bit brighter.

The Difficult Bosses of Capitol Hill

May 7, 2015

Happy members of Congress are all alike (and great to work for); unhappy members are each unhappy in their own way. Wise — paraphrased — words from Tolstoy ring true about the Capitol Hill workplace: Difficult bosses come in all stripes. What do you do if you land in one of the many (many, many) offices with a difficult boss at the helm? Hill Navigator discusses.

Amos Snead Shows Off His Alabama Roots

May 5, 2015

Amos Snead is showing off his roots.

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