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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:

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.

For Cantor Staffers, What's Next?

June 16, 2014

While much of the news is focused on the races for House GOP leadership, a number of staffers are quietly conducting a race of their own: finding new jobs.

Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn

June 15, 2014

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., recently added a new line to his career summary: Marriage officiant.

In the [Job] Loop: Intern Edition

June 11, 2014

For most of Capitol Hill, summer means intern season is just beginning. But what if you’re on a different timetable, and your internship is ending without a paid job yet? Hill Navigator discusses.

New LGBT Leadership for House and Senate Staffers

June 10, 2014

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Congressional Staff Association, the House of Representatives’ bipartisan LGBT organization, has announced new leadership changes.

For Gay Staffers, a Changing Capitol Hill

June 10, 2014

In 2004, during the debate for the now-defunct Federal Marriage Amendment, tensions on Capitol Hill for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had reached unprecedented levels. Gay staffers were being singled out in an aggressive “outing” campaign, with hostile phone calls to their homes and offices, and even personal confrontations. Four staffers decided to take action, forming the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff Caucus. ”It was imperative for the LGBT community to have a safe space,” said Jeffrey Levensaler, one of the founders of GLASS and currently deputy chief of staff to Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

Wedding Bells for Staffers Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe

June 8, 2014

From the campaign trail to walking down the aisle — Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe were married on May 24 at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill.

Silence is the New Black

June 4, 2014

Congratulations on landing the interview, but what happens when the office goes silent? Is this a convoluted game of playing hard to get? Or is no answer really a “no” answer? Hill Navigator discusses.

Vote for Your Favorite Driving Congress Capitol Quip

June 4, 2014

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

Vote for Your Favorite Shinseki Capitol Quip | Capitol Quip

May 28, 2014

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

The Return of Roll Call Wedding Announcements

May 22, 2014

It’s that time of year. Wedding bells are ringing. Love is in the air.

Vote For Your Favorite Washington Monument Capitol Quip

May 21, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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