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Jessica Estepa


Jessica Estepa started at Roll Call as a summer 2010 intern. Shortly afterward, she was hired as an editorial assistant. She writes features for the Around the Hill section and covers the Library of Congress and the Clerk of the House beats. She also helps with the production of the newspaper and manages Roll Call’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

A native Nevadan, Estepa graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism. During college, she worked for the Reno Gazette-Journal, Greenspun Media Group, Insight Magazine and The Nevada Sagebrush.

Estepa no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Jessica Estepa:

Sean Duffy Helps Return Veteran’s Keepsake

Jan. 18, 2012

For 65 years, one World War II vet told the same story about the lost shell. Then he got word that it was still around — and he contacted his Congressman to help him get it back.

South Dakota Former Rep. Bill Janklow Dies of Cancer

Jan. 12, 2012

Bill Janklow, the former Republican governor and Representative at-large for South Dakota, died today of brain cancer. He was 72.

An Invitation to Sing: Ebenezers Plans Open Mic Nights

Jan. 1, 2012

Calling the musical types of Capitol Hill: Ebenezers Coffeehouse wants you to showcase your talents. The 201 F St. NE coffeehouse, which regularly hosts performances by local artists, will expand its musical repertoire when it begins hosting open mic nights Thursday.

Washington, D.C.: The City That Never Was

Dec. 19, 2011

The latest exhibit at the National Building Museum, “Unbuilt Washington,” focuses on architecture plans for the federal city that never came to fruition.

National Mall Design Finalists Announced

Dec. 15, 2011

Ten design teams have come another step closer to redesigning a portion of the National Mall.

Heard on the Hill: No Labels Floats Kumbaya Caucus

Dec. 13, 2011

Circumventing time-sucking filibusters? Arranging regular presidential-Congressional powwows? Abolishing vitriolic re-election ads? That’s what the comity-seeking No Labels organization is after with its nonpartisan plan to “Make Congress Work.”

WUFPAC Leaves Policy at the Door

Dec. 12, 2011

Unlike other political action committees, party and ideology don't matter to the Women Under Forty PAC. Age does.

Heard on the Hill: White Lies and Senate Santas

Dec. 11, 2011

Senate Historian Donald Ritchie last week regaled the Senate Democrats’ lunch with the heartwarming history of the chamber’s Secret Santa exchanges. The hitch? There is no such tradition.

Mikulski Among Select Female Company

Dec. 6, 2011

Sen. Barbara Mikulski marked the start of the year by becoming the longest-serving female Senator in history. And near the end of the year, the Maryland Democrat became one of a handful of women who have been elected to Congress to be included in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Cocktails for the Holiday Season

Nov. 28, 2011

The holiday season has arrived and, along with it, holiday parties. In a city swarming with people trying to outdo each other, hosts looking to make a big impression will want to serve the perfect drink, whether it’s a cocktail, a glass of wine or a beer.

Q-and-A With the Author of ‘Capitol Hill Cooks’

Nov. 15, 2011

The book, now in its third printing, features the favorite recipes of past presidents and first ladies side by side with recipes for the favorite foods of Members of Congress.

Hillys Honor Local Businesses, Artists and Philanthropists

Nov. 14, 2011

Those who are usually behind the scenes at Capitol Hill favorites were dressed to the nines as they gathered for the third annual Hilly Awards this past weekend.

Hill Blogs a ‘Labor of Love’

Nov. 8, 2011

Julia Robey Christian is that rare breed, the native Washingtonian, and even rarer, the native Hill resident. She grew up in Southeast, long before trendy restaurants started opening on Barracks Row. With such a history comes a devotion to the neighborhood that is manifest on her blog, “What the Hill.”

Tune Inn Tunes Back In

Nov. 4, 2011

The ribbon has been cut, the neon sign is on and the beer is flowing: The Tune Inn is tuned in for business.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: First Friday’s November Surprise

Nov. 4, 2011

Conservative happy hour First Friday is looking to generate some buzz for today’s event, with organizers boasting in an email that they have a “BIG special guest mingler lined up.”

Heard on the Hill: Back Door Men

Nov. 2, 2011

Capitol Hill got a little stranger this week when Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of the Doors popped by.

Heard on the Hill: The Great and Powerful Kay Hagan

Nov. 1, 2011

If one particular Senate staff was singing on Halloween, it might have gone something like, “We’re off to see Kay Hagan! Hagan of North Carolina!”

Tune Inn to Reopen Friday

Oct. 31, 2011

More than four months after a fire closed its doors, the Tune Inn will reopen this Friday.

Heard on the Hill: Well Ahead of Her Time

Oct. 30, 2011

If HOH were around 70 years ago, we would have been writing about Cissy Patterson. At least, that’s what we’ve gathered from the latest book by Amanda Smith.

Former Michigan Rep. Howard Wolpe Dies at Age 71

Oct. 27, 2011

Those who worked with former Rep. Howard Wolpe agree: The Michigan Democrat did serious work, but he never took himself too seriously. Wolpe died Tuesday at his home in Saugatuck, Mich. He was 71.

Mall Design Competition Finalists Announced

Oct. 26, 2011

Fifteen design teams from 30 firms around the world were selected to advance to the second stage of the National Mall Design competition Wednesday.

Hill Talk: Cervera Beefs Up D.C. Restaurant Enterprise

Oct. 18, 2011

Barracks Row baron Xavier Cervera will continue to expand his restaurant empire around Capitol Hill. The Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Ward 6 approved Cervera’s request for a restaurant license in a building across from Eastern Market’s North Hall.

Thousands Attend Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication

Oct. 16, 2011

Thousands of people filled West Potomac Park today for the postponed dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which included speeches by President Barack Obama and King's relatives.

A Dream Come True

Oct. 12, 2011

On the August day that the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opened to the public, the line stretched down Independence Avenue Southwest. After delays from Hurricane Irene, the memorial will finally be dedicated during a Sunday ceremony in West Potomac Park.

Heard on the Hill: Forget the Phillies! How ’Bout Them Yankees?

Oct. 5, 2011

You’d think that as a Pennsylvania native, Rep. Lou Barletta would have been glued to a TV screen as the Philadelphia Phillies took on the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. But HOH learned that Barletta is a lifelong Yankees fan.

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