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Meredith Dake-O'Connor


Meredith Dake-O'Connor moved to join the CQ Roll Call team as the multimedia editor in Washington, D.C., from her home in Oklahoma City in December of 2013. Outside of her specialty in breaking news video and editorial content, Meredith has a background in HR/training and development as well as energy-related legal research. She currently lives in Maryland.

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Stories by Meredith Dake-O'Connor:

Man on the Run

May 21, 2015

Runners from Capitol Hill and beyond descended Wednesday morning on the banks of the Anacostia River for the 34th annual ACLI Capital Challenge.

Capitol Lens: Darling Ducks

May 18, 2015

If you need some cute to start your week, Photo Editor Bill Clark captured these 2-day-old ducklings in Lower Senate Park on May 14. The 10 ducklings swam in the pool and walked across the plaza trying to keep up with their mother.

How to Get a Front-Page Photo (Video)

May 13, 2015

Sometimes capturing just the right moment requires you to move fast. Roll Call Photographer Tom Williams had only a few seconds to capture the hesitant Faye, a potbelly pig, avoiding a selfie attempt by Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake.

Capitol Lens: Front and Center

May 13, 2015

Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, center, and ranking member Debbie Stabenow listen to testimony during a May 7 hearing on child nutrition programs.

Capitol Lens: Remember

May 12, 2015

Capitol Lens: V-E Day

May 8, 2015

Photo Editor Bill Clark and Staff Photographer Tom Williams attended the Arsenal of Democracy flyover Friday and captured some stunning moments.

Capitol Lens: Semper Fidelis

April 30, 2015

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stops to speak with Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, of the United States Marine Corps, in Statuary Hall on his way back to the Senate following the joint meeting of Congress for address by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday.

Capitol Lens: Rainbow Connection

April 29, 2015

In the photo below, same-sex marriage rights activists hold a giant rainbow flag Tuesday outside the Supreme Court before the start of oral arguments on marriage equality. Read more about the arguments on Hawkings Here and the plaintiff’s visit to the Capitol on Hill Blotter.

Capitol Lens: #MURICA

April 23, 2015

Capitol Lens: Honey, I Blew Up the Tulips

April 22, 2015

Red tulips on the West Lawn of the Capitol frame the Dome on Monday.

Senator's 'Let It Go' Ringtone Goes Off at Hearing

April 16, 2015

A Senate Finance hearing on U.S. tariff policy was disrupted Thursday not by protestors, but by one Republican’s Disney-themed ringtone.

In the middle of questioning Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Sen. Pat Roberts found himself in a unique predicament when his cellphone rang to the tune of “Let It Go,” the theme song to the popular 2013 movie “Frozen."

The Kansas Republican didn’t miss a beat, telling the committee, “just let it go."

From Selma to the Capitol Steps

April 16, 2015

Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon whose experiences fighting for racial equality are being chronicled in a series of graphic novels, recounts his experience in Selma, Ala., Wednesday to a group of students gathered on the House steps. Explore our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montogmery, Ala., from Photo Editor Bill Clark and Hill Life Editor Jason Dick.

Capitol Lens: Reflections of Spring

April 14, 2015

The Jefferson Memorial is reflected in the Tidal Basin as the cherry blossom trees reach peak bloom at sunrise Sunday. See more photos on Pages 3 and 16 of today’s Roll Call. According to Photo Editor Bill Clark, the Tidal Basin was packed with photographers and tourists at sunrise.

Capitol Lens: Cloudy With a Chance of Dirt Clods

April 13, 2015

Heavy machinery dumps dirt on the National Mall near Seventh Street on April 9 as part of a restoration project that includes installing more durable grass and improving soil drainage. The project is expected to be completed by January 2017.

Aaron Schock's Last Speech on the House Floor

March 17, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., will resign from the House on March 31, following a series of reports questioning his use of taxpayer and campaign money. Schock's most recent floor speech came on Feb. 12, in support of the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act.

Protestors Disrupt Senate Hearing on Trade Promotion Authority

Jan. 27, 2015

Protesters disrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing on President Barack Obama's trade policy Tuesday.

Three protesters were arrested and others were escorted out of the hearing room by Capitol Police.

McConnell: New GOP Senators Not in 'Make a Point' Wing of Party

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had high praise for the incoming class of majority-makers.

"I always think there is sort of two kinds of people in politics: those that want to make a point and those that want to make a difference," McConnell said. "And I think we've just added 12 new members to the 'make a difference' caucus. And I think we, you know, have some occasional differences over tactics, but I think we are gonna have a broad support within our conference for right-of-center progress."

McConnell Manages Expectations on Obamacare Repeal

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said while Republicans would work to roll back President Barack Obama’s health care law, opponents of the law should be realistic about a full repeal.

"Number one: We certainly will have a vote on proceeding to a bill to repeal Obamacare. … It is a statement to the obvious, however, that Obama — of Obamacare — is the president of the United States," he said of the job with the veto power.

Pelosi: Democrats Won't Be 'Irrelevant' Next Year

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted she doesn't gloat when House Republicans can't shore up the votes among their own members to pass any number of critical bills, and it's Democrats who get to swoop in and call themselves the heroes.

"I would rather they did the responsible thing so we wouldn’t have to bail them out every time," the California Democrat quipped of her GOP counterparts. "I don’t think anyone is irrelevant. We have leverage if they don’t have the votes," she said. "They have leverage because they know we will be responsible. And that allows them to be irresponsible to a certain extent."

McConnell Plans to Keep Committee Seats in New Congress

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he intended to keep his seat on the Appropriations Committee in the 114th Congress.

“I have not been active in committee work since I became leader. But I think it is to the advantage of my state to have the opportunity to come to meetings occasionally and to vote in person, rather than just by proxy,” McConnell said.

Pelosi on Hillary: 'When She Runs, She Will Win'

Dec. 6, 2014

In an exclusive interview with CQ Roll Call on Dec. 5, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic about the 2016 presidential election, saying by then the country could see its first female president.

"Let me say this about Hillary [Rodham] Clinton: When she runs, she will win. And when she wins, she'll go to the White House as one of the most prepared people in modern history to go there," Pelosi said, stopping just short of an endorsement.

Photos: Freshman Welcome Week

Nov. 14, 2014

From showing Cornell University’s mascot the whole kingdom to kissing constituents, it was an eventful first week for many freshman on the Hill. Check out Roll Call’s photos of the week taken by Bill Clark and Tom Williams.

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