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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:

Sanders Presents His ‘FiliBernie’ in Book Form

March 8, 2011

Sen. Bernie Sanders is publishing his eight-hour filibuster from last December as a book, “The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of our Middle Class.”

Mardi Gras Madness Takes Over in D.C.

March 7, 2011

Capitol Hill may not have the same reputation as Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but everyone in the area is getting ready to laissez les bon temps rouler for Mardi Gras tonight.

HOH's One-Minute Recess: Shades of Bono

March 4, 2011

Usually, it’s only Hollywood celebrities and pompous night clubbers who dare don sunglasses indoors. One of D.C.’s own trendsetters, however, is bringing the style to the halls of Congress.

Festival Encourages Diverse Art Forms for Audiences

March 1, 2011

The Atlas Performing Arts Center’s second annual Intersections festival bring together an array of art forms and artists differing in race, culture, age and skill level.

Program Gives the Blind Access to Reading

Feb. 28, 2011

The National Library Service program celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. More than 320,000 books and 70 current magazines are available, and 113 regional libraries participate in the program, interacting with patrons and facilitating the mailings.

Palermo Plays With Shape, Texture

Feb. 25, 2011

“Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977,” a new exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum, traces the evolution of the artist’s vision through more than 70 of his most famous works, a third of which have never before been shown in the U.S.

Former Rep. Steve Horn Dies

Feb. 18, 2011

Former Rep. John Stephen “Steve” Horn (R-Calif.) passed away peacefully at his home in Long Beach on Thursday. He was 79 and had Alzheimer’s disease.

Artists’ Different Takes On the ‘City of Canals’

Feb. 16, 2011

“Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals,” opening this weekend at the National Gallery of Art, boasts more than 50 vibrant paintings of the architecture, canals and alleyways of the Italian lagoon city.

Campbell’s Passion for Cars Lasts a Lifetime

Feb. 15, 2011

Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) gets away from politics with his impressive car collection.

Yarn Tells a Tale of the Plight of Coral Reefs

Feb. 14, 2011

The coral reef at the National Museum of Natural History encompasses an estimated 800,000 yards of fiber and more than 520 square feet. It made by more than 800 volunteers as part of an art and environmentalism project called the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.

Former Kennedy Staffer Found Guilty in Fraud Case

Feb. 1, 2011

A former Hill staffer accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the office of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) was found guilty Tuesday.

Madame Tussauds to Wax Political

Jan. 28, 2011

Madame Tussauds in D.C. is preparing to open an interactive exhibit featuring wax figures of every U.S. president, including favorites Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan.

Botanic Garden Designing the Scottish Landscape

Jan. 24, 2011

The Botanic Garden's newest exhibit whisks its audience to Scotland’s most captivating gardens, thanks to 40 large-scale photographs by Allan Pollok-Morris.

The Stage Is Alive With ‘The Sound of Palin’

Jan. 21, 2011

Gross National Product’s new musical satire at the Atlas Performing Arts Center turns many of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's famous gaffes into songs such as "The Hill is Alive" and "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sarah."

Trial Begins for Former Kennedy Staffer Accused of Hidden Pay Increases

Jan. 13, 2011

An attorney for a former Hill staffer accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the office of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) argued Thursday that his client was carrying out orders to spend all of the money allocated to the office.

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