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Rebecca Gale


Rebecca Gale is an award-winning journalist at Roll Call, who has covered wide-ranging issues from landing a job on Capitol Hill, student loan reimbursements, maternity and paternity leave, and childcare for working parents.

Her story on pumping options for Capitol Hill mothers, “The Other Back Room: Breastfeeding on Capitol Hill” won a business reporting award from the MDDC Press Association. Roll Call’s “Hill Navigator” was selected as a “Best Career Advice Blogs of 2015” by eCollegeFinder. 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 the author of the e-book "Best Intern Ever: Roll Call’s Guide to Acing Your Internship.” She also serves as a contributing editor to the It’s Working Project.

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.

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Stories by Rebecca Gale:

The Ashley Madison Fallout: How Will Staffers Fare?

Sept. 2, 2015

Information is still coming in about the people and technology devices connected to the Ashley Madison website, which promotes extramarital affairs. But several former staffers and current public relations professionals think a link from a House office to the site could be a job-ending offense, especially if the member of Congress feels the negative press will go over poorly with constituents.

Rude Realities on Capitol Hill

Aug. 11, 2015

Most of us are used to the jovial, amicable member of Congress, the one who shakes hands and listens attentively with a grinning staffer at his or her side as they greet constituents and take meetings. But what happens when Dr. Jekyll’s potion runs dry and Mr. Hyde comes out, especially when there’s a group of visiting college students? Hill Navigator discusses.

Hill Navigator Summer Reading List

Aug. 10, 2015

August. Even the newest D.C. residents know it might be the best time to switch the smartphone to silent and head out of town to cooler and less-humid places, preferably with beaches. (Mountains work too.)

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Debate Capitol Quip!

Aug. 5, 2015

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

An Easy Fix for Members Who Want Overtime for Staff

Aug. 5, 2015

Even if Congress takes no action on amending the Congressional Accountability Act to add overtime protections for staff, individual offices can lead the way and implement changes for their own staff, much as they have done for workplace protections such as maternity and paternity leave.

Fattah Could Have Avoided Some Trouble Through Possible Student Loan Repayment

Aug. 4, 2015

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was one of five members present in July 2002 when the House Administration Committee made the Student Loan Repayment Program a reality for the House of Representatives.

Vote for Your Favorite 'Sharknado 4' Capitol Quip!

July 29, 2015

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

Student Loan Repayment Is for Parents, Too

July 29, 2015

Student loans. A serious question that many undergraduates and graduates think about. But what about when it’s the parents concern? Can parents receive money from the student loan repayment program for loans taken out for their kids’ college education? Hill Navigator discusses.

Boehner and Pelosi Agree: Overtime for Their Aides

July 24, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agree on one aspect of the new overtime provisions: More of their own aides will be eligible for extra pay when the new criteria issued by the Department of Labor are finalized, likely in early 2016.

Capitol Hill Is No Place for the Passive

July 22, 2015

Good things come to those who wait — except on Capitol Hill, where good things come to those who pounce immediately at the opportunity. Passivity has a time and place, but it’s not likely to serve you well in the competitive job hunt. Hill Navigator discusses how and when to speak up.

Vote for Your Favorite Iran Deal Capitol Quip!

July 22, 2015

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

Jonathan Levy Lands at Vision Ridge Partners | Downtown Moves

July 22, 2015

Jonathan Levy, former deputy chief of staff at the Department of Energy and policy adviser to then-Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., has left the administration for the private sector.

Experts: Congress Under Pressure on Overtime Rules

July 16, 2015

Workplace and labor law experts are predicting Congress will bow to external pressures and implement new overtime regulations, including the $50,440 annual salary threshold.

Vote for Your Favorite Confederate Football Capitol Quip!

July 15, 2015

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

CNN's Josh Levs Takes Paternity-Leave Message to Capitol Hill

July 15, 2015

When talking about taking paternity leave, there seems to be two whirlpools of discussion: Do offices provide enough (or any) time off, and are dads actually taking the time provided to them?

Congress' Overtime Rules Are From 1970s

July 10, 2015

Congress has gone 11 years without implementing changes to the income thresholds for paying staffers overtime, and the overtime standards in practice today on Capitol Hill are so antiquated they date back to 1975.

Vote for Your Favorite Mr. USA Capitol Quip!

July 8, 2015

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

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.

Half of Capitol Hill Staff Could Qualify for New Overtime Rules

July 8, 2015

Nearly half of Capitol Hill staffers could qualify for overtime pay under the new Obama administration overtime rules to move the threshold to $50,440. Whether the new rules will apply to staffers is an open question for Congress.

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.

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