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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:

Book Delves Into the Obama Family’s Kenyan Roots

Feb. 15, 2011

In “The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family,” author Peter Firstbrook attempts to piece together oral history, fables and traditions to explain the deepest roots in President Barack Obama's family tree, a lineage that even the president knows little about.

Hill Talk: Doing a Good Deed by Dining Out

Feb. 14, 2011

H Street restaurants offer deals this week, with some of the profits going to a local organization. Also: A bronze plaque commemorating the location of Providence Hospital at Providence Park disappeared Jan. 31.

Where to Pop the Question in D.C.

Feb. 11, 2011

It may not be the first romantic city to pop into anyone’s head, but Washington, D.C., is actually a great place for marriage proposals. In fact, some of the most endearing proposals have taken place with a backdrop of the city’s stately monuments and buildings.

Project Collects Veterans’ Stories

Feb. 9, 2011

The Library of Congress' Veterans History Project aims to gather firsthand accounts of veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts at the click of a mouse.

Science or Sorcery? Studying Medicine’s History

Feb. 7, 2011

The exhibit “Beyond Home Remedy” at the Folger Shakespeare Library ties unusual ingredients that women used in homemade medicines of old to examples of sorcery in Shakespeare's plays.

Hill Talk: New Community Center Names Executive Director

Feb. 2, 2011

The Old Naval Hospital Foundation named Diana Bosworth Ingraham as the first executive director of the Hill Center, a community center on Capitol Hill.

Roosevelts: Relationship of a Political Power Couple

Feb. 1, 2011

Author Hazel Rowley delves into their relationship in “Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.” Unlike previous biographers, Rowley cheers for their union.

H Street Boom Continues With New Hot Spots

Jan. 26, 2011

With the H Street streetcar line under construction, Capitol Hill residents and visitors will find themselves with new places to dine, shop and party in the neighborhood.

Campus Notebook: CRS Director Will Retire This Spring

Jan. 21, 2011

Daniel Mulhollan, director of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, will retire in April.

GOP Majority Brings New Rules, New Offices

Jan. 20, 2011

The new Republican majority in the House brings a change not only in agenda but in rules and offices as well. Here are a few noteworthy differences for Members and aides to remember.

Hill Talk: Library Names McCarrick as Scholar

Jan. 14, 2011

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was appointed a distinguished visiting scholar in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Smoke Reported at Library of Congress

Jan. 12, 2011

Smoke was reported on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress’ James Madison Memorial Building on Wednesday but has now cleared.

Members Spread a Bit of Christmas Cheer

Dec. 25, 2010

Despite working for a good portion of the week before Christmas, Members of Congress found ways to put aside the lame-duck votes and enjoy a few traditional celebrations to mark the end of the year with their staffs and family.

Musings on Elephant Insemination and Theft

Dec. 15, 2010

Lucia Perillo received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, which honors the best book of poetry published by an American in the previous two years, for her 2009 book “Inseminating the Elephant.”

Hill Talk: Holiday Market Back At Riverfront

Dec. 8, 2010

The Hill is getting in the holiday spirit: The Capitol Riverfront is hosting its third annual Holiday Market starting Tuesday, and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society has released its 2010 ornament.

Video Artists Persuade Viewers to ‘Watch This!’

Dec. 8, 2010

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new installation of works from its permanent collection, “Watch This!: New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image,” celebrates artists using video to create new media works.

Hill Legend Joe Q. Provides More Than Trims

Dec. 6, 2010

With 40 years of service under his belt, Joe Quattrone has been the House barber longer than most Members have been in Congress.

Bronze, Jade Exhibits Provide Glimpse Into Past

Nov. 30, 2010

The ancient Chinese valued jade and bronze highly, creating everything from ceremonial pieces for burials to hair clips and decorative swords. Some of the best-preserved pieces are part of the permanent exhibit in two recently renovated galleries at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art.

Plenty of Choices for the Bookworm on Your List

Nov. 29, 2010

Those looking for a present for a history or political junkie this holiday season have several options, with a variety of new books debunking romantic legends and providing insight into several presidencies.

Christmas Tree Arrives at Capitol

Nov. 29, 2010

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas tree continued Monday morning when this year’s tree arrived at the Capitol.

Hill Favorite ‘Miss Kansas’ Retiring After 28 Years

Nov. 19, 2010

After 28 years of working for three Members, Carolyn Anderson, special assistant to Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.), is retiring.

Freshmen of the 112th Make Their Introductions

Nov. 14, 2010

Learning names, meeting spouses, dealing with the media: Members of the freshman class of the next Congress got a head start on orientation as they streamed into D.C. on Sunday.

Powder-Puff Teams to Tackle Alzheimer’s Disease

Nov. 10, 2010

Blonde or brunette? That’s what a group of Washington, D.C., women will answer when they take the field to compete in the sixth annual Blondes vs. Brunettes powder-puff football game Saturday to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

Djou’s Time on the Hill Proves to Be Short-Lived

Nov. 3, 2010

As of Wednesday, Republicans had picked up two House seats in Nevada and Washington, while Democrats picked up one House seat in Hawaii. Three House races remain too close to call, while the fates of Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have yet to be determined.

House History Is His Next Lesson

Oct. 27, 2010

While getting his bachelor’s degree in journalism at James Madison University, Matt Wasniewski thought he was going to be a sports writer. He was wrong: Wasniewski was recently named the new historian for the House of Representatives.

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