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Melanie Zanona


Melanie joined Roll Call in May 2010 and currently writes the paperís Hill Climbers column. In addition to covering Congressional staffers, she also contributes book and museum reviews to the features section. Melanie grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she wrote for the school newspaper. In November 2009, she received the William F. Buckley Award for excellence in investigative campus journalism.

Zanona no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Melanie Zanona:

Getting Lost in ‘Everything’ at the Hirshhorn

Nov. 15, 2010

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s latest exhibit, “Guillermo Kuitca: Everything, Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008," feature the artist's abstract works.

In D.C., There’s No Place Like a Historic Home

Nov. 12, 2010

It’s hard for any historic house in D.C. to garner the title of “most famous house in Washington” when their neighbors are the White House and the Capitol.

Everyone’s to Blame for Financial Mess

Nov. 5, 2010

In Robert Scheer’s latest book, “The Great American Stickup," the financial troubles of the country originated before President Obama inherited a down economy when he took office.

Hill Climbers: Staffers Bringing Real World to Honda’s Office

Nov. 5, 2010

Two new hires in Rep. Mike Honda's office work use their personal experiences to effect policy change.

Path to Majority Winds Along Mexican Border

Nov. 3, 2010

There were few surprises in the Southwest, as the GOP picked up five House seats in the region.

Republican Sens. John McCain and Tom Coburn retained their seats in Arizona and Oklahoma, respectively, while Democratic Reps. Chet Edwards and Ciro Rodriguez lost their contested seats in Texas.

Hill Climbers: For Graves Staffer, It’s All About the Elections

Oct. 5, 2010

With successful runoff elections under his belt, Bud Whitmire was promoted to Rep. Tom Graves’ legislative assistant on science, agriculture and environmental issues.

Hill Climbers: Activism Led Staffer to Capitol Hill

Oct. 1, 2010

Queens, N.Y.-native Michelle Mittler started working for Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) this summer as an executive assistant and scheduler while starting a master’s degree program at George Washington University. But her history with gay-rights activism dates back to her sophomore year of high school.

Hill Climbers: Foreign Affairs Interest Brings Staffer to Hill

Sept. 28, 2010

Washington’s opportunities to explore foreign policy are as diverse as the houses sprinkled along Embassy Row. No one knows this better than Sadaf Khan, a New Jersey native who started working for Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) this August as an executive assistant and scheduler.

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