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Alexandra Jaffe


Alexandra Jaffe reports for the Around the Hill section of Roll Call. She joined the staff as an intern in May 2011.

She formerly reported on media issues and developments for the World Association of Newspaper's Editor's Weblog, and on politics for the Washington Independent. A graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., Alexandra served as the editor-in-chief of her campus newspaper and freelanced for the Meadville Tribune.

Jaffe no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Alexandra Jaffe:

Taking a Glance Backstage

Oct. 24, 2011

For the staff at Backstage, the last costume shop in the District, it’s not about making a profit. It’s about offering folks their expertise to help them find a costume that works.

Steve Cohen’s Tenure as College Mascot Fueled Political Career

Sept. 12, 2011

One of Rep. Steve Cohen’s first elections might have been his toughest, but he prevailed. In 1969, he was elected by his peers to be Vanderbilt University’s mascot: Mr. Commodore.

Short-Film Festival Comes to District

Sept. 7, 2011

As September weather hopefully brings lower temperatures, Washington will be entertained with some short films. Now in its eighth year, the D.C. Shorts Film Festival will showcase 145 films from 23 different countries Sept. 8-18.

Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

Sept. 4, 2011

Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we sat down with Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) and talked about hunting, fishing and some luscious pudding.

Capitol Police Recall Roles on Day of Attacks

Sept. 2, 2011

Many of the Capitol Police officers who weren't stationed on the Hill on Sept. 11, 2001, were in training, preparing for an upcoming rating and certification evaluation and the impending International Monetary Fund demonstrations.

Future Threats Were Topic Planned for 9/11

Sept. 2, 2011

Cathy Travis came into the office about 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, ready to prep her boss, then-Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas), for a news conference with the seemingly mundane title "Is America Prepared for Future Threats?"

‘We Were All in It Together’

Sept. 2, 2011

In sharing their memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Members and staff recall the dueling senses of terror and togetherness that framed the day.

A Marine Corps Band of ‘Brothers’

Aug. 12, 2011

Every Friday during the summer, the Marine Corps holds a parade at its barracks at Eighth and I streets Southeast. As the sun begins to drop, a few Marines walk onto the parade decks, a symmetrical grassy field enclosed within the Marine Barracks where the performance will take place.

Former Rep. Clarence E. Miller Dies at 93

Aug. 4, 2011

Former Rep. Clarence E. Miller died early Tuesday of complications from pneumonia in his hometown of Lancaster, Ohio. He was 93.

Presidential Candidates’ Kids Take to Twitter

Aug. 3, 2011

Political offspring, from Jon Huntsman's daughters to Meghan McCain, use the social media platform to reach out to the public.

New Restaurant Dishes History

Aug. 1, 2011

America Eats is restaurateur Jose Andrés’ take on the history of American cuisine, with a menu featuring dishes that date as far back as 1607.

Giving District Kids a Place to Play

July 27, 2011

The scene at the Be With Me Playseum was chaos. A heat wave had struck Washington, and after only a week of operation, the Capitol Hill location was already receiving crowds.

Congress Embracing the Blues for Good Cause

July 26, 2011

Congress isn’t known for expressions of raw emotion or pain. But today, the blues — a musical tradition known for its gritty, mournful lyrics and sound — will take over the Hill at the 8th Annual Congressional Blues Festival.

Riding the (Metro) Rails

July 20, 2011

The man to your left on the Metro this morning, the one reading a spy novel? That could’ve been Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), who rides the red and blue or orange lines every morning that Congress is in session.

Injuries Don’t Stop Congressional Ballplayers

July 13, 2011

Members have shattered arms and cracked skulls from playing in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Lou Barletta Brings Experience to the GOP Side

July 12, 2011

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) is a freshman on the House floor, but on the baseball field, he’s a veteran.

Congressional Staffers Declare Cupcake War

July 12, 2011

Some staffers bring cupcakes into the office for their co-workers’ birthdays. Others because they’re gunning for a promotion. But on Thursday, 14 staffers will bring cupcakes to the Hill for the Congressional Cupcake War.

Harry Potter and the Chambers of Congress

July 12, 2011

Harry Potter has staked a claim on Capitol Hill. As the eighth and final movie of the British wizarding series opens in theaters, the Hill has become increasingly crazy about Harry.

Why Not a Sword? Man Accused of Stabbing Another in Neck With Pen

July 12, 2011

A man stabbed another man in the neck with a pen in front of the Rayburn House Office Building around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed.

Commission to Pick Redesign for Ellipse Area

July 6, 2011

After the 9/11 attacks, security concerns required President’s Park South to change from an inviting space to merely an area secured by concrete barriers. Now, the Secret Service and the National Capital Planning Commission are hoping to beautify the space.

Taking a Taxi to the House of Representatives

July 5, 2011

Before he became one of the nation’s most prominent Hispanic politicians and before his 18 years of experience in Congress and his successful run for Chicago City Council, Luis Gutierrez drove a cab, on and off, for eight years during the 1970s and ’80s.

Fourth of July Festivities Across the District

June 29, 2011

The National Mall might offer an iconic backdrop for the Fourth of July fireworks display, but it’s hard to be patriotic when you’re surrounded by thousands of people vying for a comfortable spot to watch.

New Spot Brings the Flavor of Gelato to the Hill

June 28, 2011

Noah Dan grew up in Israel but spent every summer with family in Italy, visiting the same gelateria all summer long: Zampoli’s. This quality gelato is what he strives to serve at both of his current Pitango shops and what he plans to offer at his new branch in Eastern Market, opening next week.

In NFL as on the Hill, Teamwork Rules the Plays

June 27, 2011

Play clocks and playbooks, teamwork and time management, the stamina to walk miles through the Capitol complex: All of these necessities for Members of Congress are skills that Reps. Jon Runyan and Heath Shuler, the two current Members who once played professional football, cultivated during their previous careers.

Grab Your Cup, Fill It Up, Enjoy

June 24, 2011

Mark Underwood spent the past three years eating frozen yogurt. He visited more than 20 shops in and around his previous home of Atlanta, studying flavors, customer service and even décor. And finally, after tasting countless cups of the stuff, he's getting ready to open a shop and sell a few cups of his own.

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