Ambreen Ali covers science and technology policy as a staff writer for CQ Roll Call. She joined the company in January 2010 to help launch a website and blog on grassroots advocacy, Congress.org. A 2008 new media graduate of the Medill School at Northwestern, Ambreen previously worked as a White House stringer covering the presidential press pool for Bloomberg and an intern for the late Seattle Post-Intelligencer. During a stint in India for Agence France-Presse, her fluent Urdu led to widely published stories on Tibetan refugees and Mumbai's red-light workers.
Ambreen holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Washington, where she wrote for the Daily, and she has written about social media and finance for SmartBrief. She also worked as a web editor for Newser.com, a news aggregation site. Ambreen's first journalism job was at Seattle Magazine in 2003, where she acquired fact-checking skills she uses to this day. She spends her spare time running and cooking.
Stories by Ambreen Ali:
July 23, 2013
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska consists of 19 million acres — including a 1.5 million acre coastal plain seen as the potential source of at least 7.7 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil.
July 23, 2013
After being frustrated for decades in their efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development, Alaska politicians are trying a new approach that may shift the battleground from Congress to the courts.
July 15, 2013
The House fanned an old debate this week by adopting a provision that would block the Energy Department from setting energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans.
Dec. 12, 2012
Lawmakers are reviving the debates that nearly stalled spectrum auction legislation cleared by Congress earlier this year as the Federal Communications Commission begins to implement that law.
Dec. 6, 2012
Sen. John Thune of South Dakota appears likely to inherit the top-ranking Republican seat on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Dec. 3, 2012
During her five years at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Jessica Rosenworcel helped assess the nation’s communications needs a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the public safety interest in spectrum policy. She has served since May on the Federal Communications Commission, where she previously was a legal adviser to then-Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also has worked as a telecom lawyer at a private firm.
Dec. 3, 2012
Former Senate staffer Jessica Rosenworcel has been described as shy, but the recently confirmed Federal Communications Commission member sounded the alarm after superstorm Sandy left huge swaths of the East Coast without cellphone coverage.
Nov. 29, 2012
Proponents of Internet sales tax legislation are pinning their hopes on Senate action during the lame duck, while using the holiday shopping season to highlight the tax disparity between brick-and-mortar and online stores.
Nov. 27, 2012
Privacy advocates continue to support an online data protection measure revised by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt. But the new version does not go far enough to win over some key law enforcement opponents.
Nov. 19, 2012
Ludacris, meet Grover Norquist.
Nov. 13, 2012
The widening scandal involving the email of top military brass could further politicize an ongoing Senate effort to limit law enforcement access to consumers’ online data.
Nov. 12, 2012
The California Republican contends that the U.S. Copyright Office was out of step last month with most people’s understanding of “fair use” when it questioned whether such activity is legal.
Oct. 21, 2012
Disagreements are emerging between Congress and the Federal Communications Commission over how much spectrum should be set aside for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi, as part of upcoming spectrum auctions.
Oct. 21, 2012
The music industry and radio stations are preparing to square off over royalty rates as Congress signals its interest in taking up the issue after the elections.
Oct. 9, 2012
Members of Congress are facing new pressure to oppose Internet sales tax legislation as proponents try to iron out differences in the leading proposals with the goal of passing a bill in the lame-duck session.
Aug. 26, 2012
Although many tea party activists denounced Mitt Romney during the primaries as an establishment Republican moderate who doesn't reflect the diverse movement's upstart ideals, tea partiers seemingly have no desire to play into the Democrats' hands by hijacking the Republican convention.
April 20, 2012
The federal government is drowning in computerized data. A single research experiment can produce terabytes trillions of bytes of data every second. Managing the sea of information that accumulates each year and finding ways to mine it for the most useful information is becoming extraordinarily difficult.
April 12, 2012
The folks at the liberal American Bridge 21st Century political action committee are at it again: making videos and annoying Republicans.
March 3, 2012
In the steamy world of Spanish soap operas, a plot about the U.S. Census may seem out of place. But thats just the sort of programming Hispanic media companies hope will drive millions of Latinos to the polls this fall. While their English counterparts shy away from direct advocacy, Spanish-language media executives say it is central to their mission.
Feb. 15, 2012
The latest obstacle to the Keystone XL oil pipeline project comes from tea partyers, much to the delight of environmentalists.
Feb. 7, 2012
A new federal mandate on birth control and the growing outcry against it might actually help President Barack Obama in the upcoming election.
Jan. 31, 2012
A small provision in the upcoming transportation bill could fuel a big brawl between restaurant owners and opponents of drunken driving.
Jan. 27, 2012
Muslim Americans, particularly conservatives, say they feel slighted this election cycle. Rather than court Muslims, Republican candidates have been competing for the toughest stance on national security and openly discussing whether Muslims should be allowed to serve in their administrations.
Jan. 20, 2012
Anti-abortion activists achieved landmark success last year, no thanks to Congress.
Jan. 18, 2012
Mayors from across the country assailed Congress for not passing bills to create jobs and for making cuts to programs that benefit cities.