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Gabe Starosta


Gabe Starosta is new to Roll Call, having completed his studies at Duke University in May 2010. He served as the sports editor of The (Duke) Chronicle and as a staff writer at The (Raleigh) News & Observer before his move to Washington.

A native of South Florida, Gabe is a frequent contributor to Roll Call’s Around the Hill section.

Starosta no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Gabe Starosta:

New Biography Celebrates Tar Heel State Icon

Jan. 5, 2011

Jim Hunt, Democratic governor of North Carolina for 16 years, is the subject of a new biography by Gary Pearce, one of Hunt’s longest-serving advisers.

NoMa Arts Scene Taps Into History

Jan. 4, 2011

Like any neighborhood on the rise, NoMa — shorthand for North of Massachusetts — is trying to attract dynamic new businesses and tenants. But the area has another plan to build its character, too: It’s developing an arts scene that embraces the neighborhood’s ethnic history and location in the District.

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.”

Intimate B&Bs Charm D.C. Visitors

Dec. 14, 2010

On Capitol Hill, two bed-and-breakfast inns, tucked away on streets lined with row houses, offer more intimate experiences for guests than a Marriott or a Hyatt — visitors are sleeping in someone’s home rather than a hastily cleaned hotel room.

LOC Opens Its Doors to Country Performers

Dec. 13, 2010

Visitors to the Library of Congress might be surprised to hear the phrases “y’all,” “ain’t” and “bless yer heart,” but the LOC is hosting country concert as part of the Country Music Association Songwriters Series in the upcoming year.

Waters Won’t Bring Motion on Ethics to Floor This Week

Dec. 9, 2010

Rep. Maxine Waters took to the House floor Thursday to request a statement from the ethics committee “setting the record straight” about the disciplining of two committee attorneys working on her case. The request comes two days after Waters introduced a resolution calling for a bipartisan task force to investigate the panel’s actions.

Floridians Find Home Away From Home

Dec. 7, 2010

For more than 35 years, Florida has done what no other state has: maintain an embassy on Capitol Hill.

Book Reveals Flaws of Players in Bribery Case

Dec. 6, 2010

The life, career in law and politics, and eventual downfall of Richard Scruggs, known as Dickie to his friends, are chronicled by author Curtis Wilkie in “The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America’s Most Powerful Trial Lawyer,” a book that is equal parts biography and legal thriller.

Boehner’s Panama Connections

Dec. 1, 2010

Last December, House Minority Leader John Boehner led a Congressional delegation to Panama, an event that marked a kind of reunion for his former staff members who worked together in the House Republican Conference office in the late 1990s.

Climb Into the Cockpit

Dec. 1, 2010

A year and a half after being closed for renovations, one of the museum’s most famous exhibits, “Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight,” featuring Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and some of the most impressive aviation feats of the early 20th century, was recently reopened.

Former Rep. Stephen Solarz Dies at 70

Nov. 30, 2010

Former Congressman Stephen J. Solarz, a nine-term New York Democrat who defined his tenure through his work on foreign policy in the House of Representatives, died Monday at George Washington Hospital.

Hill Shops Offer Capitol Ideas for Holiday Gifts

Nov. 29, 2010

The esteemed gift shops on Capitol Hill have shoppers covered, especially those who are looking for something more adventurous, something patriotic and maybe even something bipartisan — although these days, you’ll have to look hard to find something like that.

Photographer’s Angle: Unusual Views of City

Nov. 19, 2010

In most cases, a lawyer who moved to the District 35 years ago would have become a political lifer by now. But this one is a photographer and has been for a quarter-century.

Search for Survivors’ Memorial Becomes Quest

Nov. 16, 2010

Dignitaries broke ground on the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial last week on a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the National Mall.

‘The Battles’ of Justices Shows Drama in Court’s Votes

Nov. 15, 2010

In “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices,” Harvard law professor Noah Feldman tells the story of four of the most important Supreme Court justices in modern history: Felix Frankfurter, Hugo Black, William O. Douglas and Robert Jackson.

Halls of Power Tools Serve the Halls of Power

Nov. 12, 2010

Frager’s Hardware Store, which has occupied the same block of Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast for 90 years, has developed almost as much of a following as Congress over the past century, and it has a considerably better reputation for solving problems than the legislative branch of government.

How British Artists Made Precision the Point

Nov. 5, 2010

In the National Gallery of Art's new exhibit, “The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875,” nearly 100 photographs and 20 paintings highlight the best of the two mediums and how they work together.

Labrador Scores Surprise Upset Over Minnick

Nov. 3, 2010

The Republican sweep of the Mountain region stopped short of the biggest prize. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who had been appointed to the seat, appears to have eked out a victory over Republican nominee Ken Buck.

Historic Fervor Steeped in History

Oct. 25, 2010

In “The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History,” author Jill Lepore tries to do what politicians aren’t willing to: actually study the history behind events such as the Boston Tea Party and examine the way they are manipulated politically.

FBI Vet Recalls the Bureau’s Softer Side

Oct. 18, 2010

Gary Noesner's new book, “Stalling for Time,” details his 30 years of working as a hostage negotiator. While he saw and even used violence, his job required compassion and understanding.

When Verdi’s Requiem Took On New Meaning

Oct. 5, 2010

Conductor Murry Sidlin will lead a performance of “Defiant Requiem” — a multimedia event featuring a recital of the Requiem, interviews with survivors and even an actor playing the part of Rafael Schaechter — Wednesday evening at the sold-out Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

How 1930s America Glimpsed the Future

Oct. 5, 2010

World’s fairs are a legacy from a time when far-away societies weren’t so interconnected. The National Building Museum’s newest exhibit, “Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s,” features images and memorabilia from world’s fairs held from 1933 to 1939 in Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, San Francisco and New York.

Book Review: Mendacity Reigns Supreme, According to This Writer

Oct. 4, 2010

Roger Hodge has a new treatise on government to share with the American people.

Hodge, the former editor in chief of Harper’s magazine, rails against the political establishment with visceral intensity in his new book, and he does so from the political left — a change of pace in this electoral climate. As it turns out, that change of pace is a problematic one.

Program Gives Vets a Seventh-Inning Stretch

Sept. 28, 2010

Javier Sanchez and Matt Manley decided to gather a group of military veterans, take them out for a drink and some bar food, and then spend the rest of the evening at a Washington Nationals baseball game.

More Than Blue and Red in America’s National Quilt

Sept. 27, 2010

In “Our Patchwork Nation,” authors Dante Chinni and James Gimpel suggest that it isn’t easy to define a country by splitting people up into categories such as Republicans and Democrats or rich and poor. Instead, communities all over the country share certain traits, from income level to religious character, and the combination of those traits gives a place, and its people, its identity.




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