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Neda Semnani


Neda Semnani is the Heard on the Hill reporter for Roll Call. She joined CQ Roll Call in 2008.

Neda was the deputy editor for BillTrack, CQ Roll Call’s legislative tracking product, for two years before moving a few desks and diving into a whole new gossipy world.

Before falling in love with all things Congressional, Neda consulted for the World Bank, managed programs for nongovernmental organizations in the Middle East and later a nonprofit in New York City.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Semnani no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Neda Semnani:

In 'The Real Thing,' a Real Clash Between Work and Life

June 26, 2013

How many lovers and families struggle to remain connected and whole, even as they fall victim to great, passionate, all-consuming love affairs? And of these great affairs, how many of us carry on with that most insidious of mistresses: our career?

Janis Joplin, Older and Wiser at Arena Stage

June 19, 2013

If you’re looking for a dark, heartbreaking tale about a talented young woman sacrificed too young to a hardcore junk habit, “One Night With Janis Joplin,” which is scheduled to return to Arena Stage on Friday, will not be that show.

Is Deconstructing a Play the Same as Trashing It?

June 12, 2013

In Tom Stoppard’s 1982 play “The Real Thing,” the character Henry, a successful playwright, says that it is nearly impossible for him to write about love with any level of profundity. It comes out juvenile or rude, even boring.

All Aboard, Hill Millennials: Time to See America

June 6, 2013

Have you ever seen America roll out before you like a picture postcard? When was the last time you got to sit and talk, and brainstorm, explore and create for days and days on end?

Gape-Gap Gasp! Ex-Lobbyist Looks to Prevent Inadvertent Flashing

June 4, 2013

Rochelle Behrens, an ex-lobbyist for Quinn Gillespie, did mind the gap.

Grannies, Mystics Hoop It Up on Hill

June 3, 2013

That bouncing noise in the Cannon House Office Building on Tuesday is the sound of grandmothers in better shape than you.

The Interns Are Coming! The Interns Are Coming!

May 31, 2013

It’s that time of year again. The start of those long, swampy months when true Washingtonians trudge into offices, swipe at mosquitoes and rely on interns to pick up their slack. That’s right, everyone. The interns are coming.

Top Three Versions of the National Anthem as Chosen by Sen. Cowan

May 24, 2013

In honor of Memorial Day, we present to you the following, courtesy of Massachusetts’ junior senator.

CityDance Wants to 'Move the City'

May 24, 2013

There are times in life when words aren’t enough. For more than 120 D.C. students, this is one of those times.

'Arrested Development' Takes Over D.C.

May 23, 2013

Everyone’s favorite dysfunctional family is coming to Netflix on May 26 (Squee!) and binge TV watchers everywhere are rejoicing at the return of “Arrested Development.”

Teens Road-Tripping to Watch Gillibrand Play in Softball Game

May 23, 2013

The Congressional Women’s Softball Game has a bit of a fanatic following this year beyond the dedicated members of Congress, female journalists of the Capitol press corps and their long-suffering families and friends.

Hellbender Brewing Has Hill Roots

May 23, 2013

Six hours before the start of the new year, the Senate was about to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff and longtime staffer Patrick Mullane was getting ready to leave the Hill for beer. It’s just that it’s taken a few months to get the kegs tapped.

Henry Rollins Keeps Coming Back for More

May 22, 2013

Henry Rollins was supposed to talk about clean-water issues and his relationship with the charity Drop in the Bucket, whose mission is to build wells and sanitation systems in schools and to provide education, health and gender equality programs across sub-Saharan Africa.

Congress Learns to Love Hip-Hop

May 21, 2013

Maybe it’s hip to be square? Or maybe it’s hip to be hop? At any rate, lately Congress seems to have embraced popular culture generally and hip-hop specifically.

Centennial Event Brings Books to Kids

May 20, 2013

Kids, you can go anywhere! Take a look! It’s in a book — being provided by the fine folks at the Junior League of Washington and their partner, Reading Is Fundamental.

McHenry Stretches With Beyonce Homage

May 15, 2013

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., is obviously a pretty with-it guy.

Mel Watt Cuddles Adorable Baby During Holder Hearing

May 15, 2013

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s Wednesday grilling by the House Judiciary Committee was pretty tense from the start, so thank goodness Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., provided America with a much needed “aww” moment during the hearing.

Ghosts of the Once-Mighty California GOP

May 15, 2013

Leo Tolstoy may have been right when he said that unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way, but he was wrong about happy families all resembling one another. Or perhaps he would have amended his feelings if he had seen Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” a close look at a family of elite Californians coming to grips with their fall from grace and their long climb back to it.

Horton's Kids to Take Over Nationals Park

May 14, 2013

Thirteen members of Congress and more than 60 staffers will join CNN’s Jake Tapper and celebuchef Spike Mendelsohn to hit up the 5th annual Home Runs for Horton’s Kids.

Paris Air Show: Begging for Senators?

May 10, 2013

Even in the age of sequestration and curbed official travel, U.S. senators, their spouses and staffers will be heading to the Paris Air Show as part of an official congressional delegation this June. But just how many of them are planning to go is still up in the air, and many offices are hesitant to boast of a summertime trip to the City of Lights.

Tonight! Cocktails, D.C. History and the Chuck Brown Band

May 10, 2013

In Washington, it sometimes feels like every week is World Cocktail Week.

Arrested Development to Play N Street Village Benefit

May 10, 2013

Two-time Grammy winner Arrested Development and super-producer Kevin “Khao” Cates will perform at the N Street Village‘s Night Sessions on May 16, a young professionals event to benefit the D.C. nonprofit.

D.C. Radio Psychic Helps Launch Congressional Campaign

May 6, 2013

Who knew that 94.7 Fresh FM’s “The Tommy Show” could be the launchpad for a congressional career?

The Most Uncomfortable Thing You'll Read Today

April 30, 2013

The Western Representation Political Action Committee has some pretty passionate beliefs about gun control.

Nerd Prom Recap: Familiarity Breeds 'Meh'

April 29, 2013

Is the thrill gone?

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