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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:

New Oxford Shops Offer Treasure Trove of Antiques

Oct. 5, 2011

Driving down Route 30 in south-central Pennsylvania, the signs for antique shops seem as unending as the rolling hills and numerous trees.

Hawk ’n’ Dove Auctions Off Decor

Oct. 5, 2011

After four decades on Capitol Hill, the Hawk ’n’ Dove was just as well-known for the quirky decorations that hung around the saloon as for its $2 beer specials on Tuesday nights.

London Sushi Chain Coming to Union Station

Sept. 21, 2011

A London-based sushi chain will open its first U.S. restaurant in Union Station early next year.

GOP Members Want Small-Business Owners to Sound Off

Sept. 15, 2011

Republican members of the House Small Business Committee are launching an online initiative Friday to invite small-business owners to share their stories and opinions on policies.

Interviewing on the Sly

Sept. 14, 2011

The career door is ever-revolving, especially on Capitol Hill. But there’s that tricky interview process for employed job seekers whose bosses don’t know they are on the hunt. It’s a conundrum for roaming employees everywhere, but one that holds special significance in the insular Beltway community.

Becoming the Boss: Staffers Have Upper Hand

Sept. 14, 2011

Some Members of Congress get their jobs the old-fashioned way: by apprenticing for them. Since World War II, the number of seats in Congress occupied by former Congressional staffers has dramatically increased, with many in the positions once held by their former bosses.

Heard on the Hill: Senate Swag Made in ... Canada?

Sept. 14, 2011

In the House gift shop, it’s all “Made in the USA” or nothing, gosh darn it! But a very scientific study by HOH (Read: We walked around and looked at labels) shows that the Senate does not have the same regard for items made by sturdy American hands.

Report: Postponed Ceremony for King Memorial Will Be Held in Mid-October

Sept. 12, 2011

The dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has been rescheduled for Oct. 16, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Dawn of the Political Dead

Sept. 9, 2011

At HOH, we take our jobs seriously. So seriously that when TeaPartyZombiesMustDie.com debuted this week, we knew we had to write a serious game review about it.

GOP Media Goes Guerrilla

Sept. 9, 2011

With eyes darting between Twitter livestreams on computer monitors, C-SPAN on TV and a projection of MSNBC on the wall, House Republican staffers are applying months of media lessons in a Capitol hideaway.

House Oral History Project Adds 9/11 Memories

Sept. 7, 2011

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, the Office of the House Historian gathered for its oral history project firsthand accounts of staffers and Members who were in the Capitol that day.

Heard on the Hill: Waiting for That Familiar Tune

Sept. 7, 2011

The Tune Inn is still tuned out, HOH is sad to report. The fave dive of Members, staffers and other assorted Capitol Hill denizens was damaged earlier this summer by a kitchen fire.

Not All Members Will Attend Obama’s Jobs Speech

Sept. 6, 2011

Rep. Paul Broun, who made headlines when he skipped the State of the Union address in January but tweeted about it, is planning a repeat performance Thursday.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Pulling Our Heart Strings

Sept. 1, 2011

Once upon a time, HOH wrote about a Senate staff director who dreamed of something more, something beyond the gleaming white Dome of the Capitol.

Ex-Rep. Charles Gubser of California Dies

Aug. 30, 2011

Former Rep. Charles Gubser died Aug. 20 in Fresno, Calif. He was 95.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: An Impromptu Performance

Aug. 29, 2011

Stephon Ferguson was behaving like any other tourist as he walked through the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday.

Cummings Looks Forward to ‘Even Better’ Celebration of King Memorial

Aug. 26, 2011

While Rep. Elijah Cummings was disappointed that the dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial was postponed because of an approaching hurricane, the delay didn’t dampen his enthusiasm Friday.

Senate Continuity Preparations Proved Useful After Quake

Aug. 25, 2011

If this week’s earthquake had hit on any other day, there wouldn’t have been much for the Senate floor staff to do other than evacuate the Capitol and wait for further instructions.

Ceremony for King Memorial Postponed as Hurricane Advances

Aug. 25, 2011

Sunday’s dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial has been postponed until further notice in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.

GPO Staffers Work Overtime After Quake

Aug. 24, 2011

The Government Printing Office continued operations through Tuesday night with about 100 employees to ensure its products, including the Congressional Record, were published on time.

Happy Hours and Other Quake Specials on Hill

Aug. 23, 2011

A number of Capitol Hill food and drink spots announced Tuesday that they would be open after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the East Coast early in the afternoon.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: The Home Fires Burning for Conyers

Aug. 18, 2011

Poor Rep. John Conyers. First, the state economy falls apart around the Michigan Democrat. Then a reporter from a local Fox News affiliate compares his home to the area’s crumbling economy.

Heard on the Hill: Who Exactly Is Dinky?

Aug. 14, 2011

As a presidential hopeful, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter is now under a microscope. Does the Michigan Republican really love rock ‘n’ roll? Is he actually a smoker? And, most importantly, who exactly is his brother, Dinky?

Hatfield Remembered for Vote Against Balanced Budget Amendment

Aug. 8, 2011

The death of former Sen. Mark Hatfield on Sunday stirred up memories of his lonely stance against the balanced budget amendment on Capitol Hill.

Heard on the Hill: Five Members We Wouldn’t Want to Mess With

Aug. 3, 2011

Hey there, tough guy. You think you’re so big and so strong?

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