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Erin Mershon


Erin Mershon joined Roll Call as an intern in January 2011, and currently covers local events for the Around the Hill section. She previously served as a writer and researcher for the D.C. bureau of PolitiFact, a website devoted to finding the truth in politics. A political science major at Kenyon College, Erin also contributes to her campus newspaper as a reporter, designer, and editor.

Mershon no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Erin Mershon:

Heard on the Hill: A Door Fit for a Prince?

May 4, 2011

The Supreme Court closed its majestic front doors to the public a year ago this week — and even princes can’t use the imposing entryway.

Heard on the Hill: Scoops Via Social Media

May 2, 2011

It wasn’t only journalists and Twitter aficionados who had Sunday’s big news posted on social media websites long before cable networks: At least one Member of Congress had the scoop, too.

Heard on the Hill: Reading and Writing and Espionage

May 2, 2011

Hours after the president’s speech Sunday night, Sen. Dick Lugar took up the same topic with another attentive audience. But unlike President Barack Obama’s crowd, his listeners still think string cheese is an everyday food.

Competition Is Bike-Friendly

May 2, 2011

Is Capitol Hill big enough for two bike shops just doors apart? Capitol Hill Bikes and City Bikes compete for customers.

Heard on the Hill: Grassley Is ‘Worst Twitter User’

April 29, 2011

His sweater-vest style may have inspired one of the wittier fake Twitter accounts, but Sen. Chuck Grassley is still working out the kinks when it comes to the Twitterverse. Tech blog Gizmodo just named the Iowa Republican the “Worst Twitter User in the United States of America” for his many mishaps on the site.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Failure to Launch

April 29, 2011

It’s only been two weeks, but some Members couldn’t wait until Monday to reunite with their Congressional friends.

Heard on the Hill: Saga of a Congressional Desk

April 29, 2011

As any youngest child knows, hand-me-downs aren’t exactly desirable.

Heard on the Hill: Stars of the Easter Egg Roll

April 24, 2011

She has performed for Oprah and Ellen, but this afternoon Willow Smith will whip her hair back and forth all the way to the White House.

Schmidt Finds Strength in Running

April 22, 2011

For the past 21 years, Rep. Jean Schmidt has hit the pavement, rain or shine, including 88 marathons. Last week, she crossed the finish line on her favorite, the Boston Marathon, for about the 15th time.

Gray Undaunted by Small Turnout at D.C. Protest

April 18, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray continued his campaign for autonomy for the District by returning Monday to the scene of his arrest last week, but this time the group of demonstrators was far smaller.

Heard on the Hill: Don’t Tread on Them

April 15, 2011

The Grand Old Party doesn’t just like the Grand Old Flag. Some Republican lawmakers are also fans of the Gadsden flag.

Heard on the Hill: Congressional Jukebox

April 15, 2011

HOH would love to get a look at what’s on the iPods of Members of Congress, but we’ll settle for the next best thing. HOH caught up with lawmakers last week at the Grammys on the Hill, an annual event that honors politicians, educators and musicians for their work to protect artists’ rights.

Home Cooking: Southern Fare Up North

April 13, 2011

Saturday marks the 29th annual Taste of the South Gala, which will have Members from Dixie remembering their favorite southern dishes.

The Parent Makes the Politician?

April 12, 2011

Several lawmakers credit their parents' jobs with influencing their politics.

Heard on the Hill: Would You Like Fries With That?

April 11, 2011

Talk about a happy meal. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer celebrated the last-minute deal that averted a government shutdown by chowing down on Saturday morning at an oh-so-elegant establishment: McDonald’s.

Webb Embraces Heritage as Documentary Host

April 6, 2011

Sen. Jim Webb will host a television special, "Born Fighting," Sunday night on the Smithsonian Channel.

Heard on the Hill: Sniffling Speaker

April 6, 2011

Speaker John Boehner might be known for his waterworks, but the Ohio Republican doesn’t usually tear up for Democrats.

The Write Stuff: Members’ Prose

April 5, 2011

Members are known for their quickie autobiographies and ghostwritten campaign books. But novels? That’s a different story.

HOH’s One-Minute Recess: It’s a Running Frenzy

April 1, 2011

Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) might caucus together on the Senate floor, but they don’t always share such camaraderie.

Find Cherry Blossoms off the Beaten Path

March 28, 2011

Washingtonians hoping to avoid the million people who descend on D.C. during the National Cherry Blossom Festival can take advantage of the lesser-known blossoms around Capitol Hill. Nearly 400 cherry trees pepper the Capitol grounds alone.

Fairey Collaborations Featured at Irvine

March 25, 2011

The Irvine Contemporary art gallery is showcasing Shepard Fairey's work. He's best known for his iconic “Hope” portrait of President Barack Obama.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Dating for Democrats

March 21, 2011

It’s a good thing Steve Schultz isn’t the type to get jealous.

Campus Notebook: CPR Training on Hill Honors Giffords

March 16, 2011

The American Red Cross provided free lifesaving training Wednesday on Capitol Hill in honor of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

In Church, Members Leave Politics at the Door

March 14, 2011

Although they are home to outspoken members of both parties, churches on Capitol Hill can provide a forum for bipartisan cooperation and good deeds.

National Gallery Gets Its Third Moran

March 11, 2011

The National Gallery of Art recently acquired "Green River Cliffs, Wyoming," a painting by American artist Thomas Moran.

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