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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:

New Members We Can’t Wait to Meet

Nov. 13, 2012

With new member orientation starting today, Capitol Hill welcomes a brand new crop of lawmakers. In their midst are a few freshmen HOH is particularly interested in getting to know better.

Fake Pundit, Real Likeness

Nov. 13, 2012

Master political satirist Stephen Colbert might be mortal, but his likeness will live forever — as long as it is kept from direct sunlight and excessive heat.

The Lame Duck and the Fiscal Cliff: Children's Edition

Nov. 9, 2012

Now that the 2012 elections are over, are you having trouble explaining the fiscal cliff and lame duck to the younger set? Fear not, as children and the adults that pay for their Internet connections can tune in to HOH’s “The Lame Duck and The Fiscal Cliff, A Children’s Story.” It’s got a little something for everyone.

Three House Democrats Burgled

Nov. 8, 2012

It was the best of times, and, for three Democratic Members of Congress, it may have been sort of the worst of times, as well.

Anthony Weiner Volunteers in Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy

Nov. 8, 2012

You can take the man out of public service, but you can’t take the public servant out of the man.

Hey Girl, It's Mayor Cory Booker

Nov. 8, 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker: Democratic superstar, rescuer of people from burning buildings.

Party Foul!

Nov. 7, 2012

For all the billions of dollars that flooded campaign 2012, the big tent parties celebrated the hard work of their faithful Tuesday night by charging them for drinks.

New England: Banner Night for Democrats in Northeast

Nov. 7, 2012

New England proved to be perhaps the most important region for Congressional Democrats in Tuesday’s elections.

Anthony Weiner Breaks Twitter Silence for Rockaway Beach

Nov. 7, 2012

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) broke his 17-month Twitter strike today when he tweeted a YouTube video about the devastation superstorm Sandy left in his native New York.

Col. Van Heuvelen’s Opus

Nov. 7, 2012

A young GI’s symphony is performed by the U.S. Army Orchestra, 67 years after it was first composed.

'Vote White' and 'Vote Black' Hashtags Are as Awful as They Sound

Nov. 6, 2012

Twitter is a pretty amazing mirror, which reflects the best and worst of America.

Obama Voter in Pennsylvania Claims Ballot Fraud in Viral Video

Nov. 6, 2012

The top video on Reddit this morning was posted by a voter with the handle “CentralPaVote,” but its veracity seems to be in doubt.

Where to Go Election Day & Night

Nov. 5, 2012

From yoga for voters to parties that will go until the counts come home, we’ve got a roundup of the hottest events and specials to take you from Election Day to night.

Hello Kitty, Hello President

Nov. 2, 2012

HOH swung by LivingSocial’s 916 F St. NW space to check out the Hello Kitty for President extravaganza. We entered confused.We left happy, wildly confused and weighed down by swag and paper crowns.

Parkmobile Backs Down From Blaming Dick Durbin for Parking Fee

Nov. 1, 2012

Want to get a Senator riled? Blame him for high parking fees.

Dick Durbin Blamed for New Parking Tax

Nov. 1, 2012

While everyone was distracted by Sandy the superstorm, another tempest was brewing between Congress and the district.

Alabama GOP Takes Election Watch Party to the Range

Nov. 1, 2012

For one day only, the entire country will separate along party lines, people will cast their votes and bipartisanship will be ignored, at least until the final results are tallied.

Chip Cravaack Points Big Gun at 'Friends'

Nov. 1, 2012

We’re guessing Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack (R) is a big supporter of the Second Amendment.

Arbitrary List of Top 10 Weather Movies We Could Remember

Oct. 29, 2012

Because almost everyone in the Northeast Corridor is home from work today or, um, working from home today, HOH is cordially inviting you to a weather movie marathon.

Political Ads Get Smashed!

Oct. 24, 2012

For those of us without a DVR, life can be hard.

Hello Kitty is Running for President with Biz Markie on the Decks

Oct. 24, 2012

For some ridiculous reason, Hello Kittyis making a go for the White House.

Politically Appropriate Dating

Oct. 24, 2012

Are you a single dyed-in-the-wool conservative or a blue-blooded liberal?

Who Wants A Mustache Prize?

Oct. 10, 2012

One of Capitol Hill’s own has been nominated for the 2012 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Award.

Tennessee: Transcript Reveals Scott DesJarlais Urged Mistress to Have Abortion

Oct. 10, 2012

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) was at work on Capitol Hill today despite the media firestorm that was unfolding around him.

Tortilla Coast Gets Vice Presidential

Oct. 10, 2012

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s former employer is holding a debate watch party, with full sound Thursday night.

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