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Kate Tummarello


Kate Tummarello was hired in June 2011 as an editorial assistant. She writes for the Around the Hill section and helps with the production of the newspaper.

She graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, where she served as editor-in-chief of her campus paper.

Tummarello no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Kate Tummarello:

Music to Wait By

July 20, 2012

Hold music. It’s something we would all rather not hear, if only because it means we’re on hold.

Hill Climbers: Unconventional Paths to the Hill

March 28, 2012

There’s typically an established path for Capitol Hill staffers, but some people take less traditional routes to working on the Hill. Of the Hill Climbers whom Roll Call has talked to in the past several months, here are some of the people who made the most interesting professional leaps.

Hill Climbers: Staffer Learns All Politics Is Local

March 23, 2012

For Matthew Hilgart, it’s all about communicating. Last year, he was teaching in Jordan. Now, Hilgart has returned to Rep. Betty McCollum’s office in St. Paul, Minn., as a part of the Democrat’s communications team.

Hill Climbers: Aide Finds Interests Mesh With Hill

March 2, 2012

When she started college, Katelynn Anderson saw herself working at the United Nations or an international nongovernmental organization. By the time she graduated in December 2011, her sights had shifted to Capitol Hill.

Californian’s Office Speaks in Code

Feb. 17, 2012

The office of Rep. Karen Bass was one of the first on the Hill to jump on the bar code bandwagon.

GPO Unveils Budget App

Feb. 13, 2012

Budget day? Yeah, there’s an app for that.

Siblings’ Food Network Win Is Icing on the Cake

Feb. 10, 2012

When Winnette McIntosh Ambrose and her brother Timothy McIntosh aren’t using their degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, they’re whipping up cupcakes, Parisian-inspired macarons and loose tea at the Sweet Lobby on Barracks Row. And it paid off last week, when the pair won a baking battle on a Food Network show.

James Lloyd, Former California House Member, Dies

Feb. 8, 2012

James Lloyd, who represented the 35th district of California from 1975-1981, died Feb. 2 following a Jan. 22 car accident in Florida.

Members Make ’Em Laugh

Feb. 7, 2012

All too often, when politicians are being funny, they’re not trying to be. So we should treasure those moments when they take being funny very seriously and succeed.

Congress Inches Toward Paperless Solutions

Feb. 6, 2012

Every day, Members get thick volumes of the Congressional Record delivered to their offices. Marked-up paper copies of amendments still circulate in committee. But some are daring to imagine a Congress where all communication is done electronically.

An Open Process for OPEN Measure

Feb. 4, 2012

Over the past few weeks, an Internet forum — a platform frequently home to anonymous maliciousness and frivolous videos — has helped shape House legislation to address online piracy.

Hill Climbers: Better Chemistry Through Football

Feb. 3, 2012

Growing up in Alabama, Ben Dunham was more into sports than he was into school. Dunham, now the legislative director for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), remembers thinking that it would be football rather than physics class that would ultimately pay off.

Reid Recalls Parliamentarian’s Time in Senate

Jan. 31, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) addressed the retirement of Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin on the Senate floor today.

Senate Will See First Female Parliamentarian

Jan. 30, 2012

Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin's retirement today is paving the way for the first woman to hold that post in the history of the chamber.

Senate Parliamentarian Retires, Paves Way for First Woman to Hold Post

Jan. 30, 2012

Longtime Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin will retire from his post Tuesday and will be replaced by the first woman to hold the position.

Hill Climbers: A Communicator From Childhood

Jan. 27, 2012

Staci Cox has always been a good communicator. In high school, she hoped to one day open a litigation public affairs firm, but coming to the District for college changed all that.

Members Push Alternate Online Piracy Bills

Jan. 27, 2012

There, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is using crowdsourcing to gauge public opinion and gather suggested edits to the text of his online piracy bill that aims to avoid the fate of other recent piracy bills, which powerful Internet companies said would give the government too much power to remove online content.

Tech Firms Target Lawmakers With New Devices

Jan. 25, 2012

On Wednesday evening, Capitol Hill got its own version of Las Vegas’ annual Consumer Electronics Show, with tech industry leaders on hand not to lobby, they insist, but simply to show off their wares.

Congressional Record Now Available on iPad

Jan. 24, 2012

In case you were tired of carrying around a document that contains on average 156 pages, the Congressional Record can now be viewed on your iPad.

Candidates Take Over New Media Platforms

Jan. 23, 2012

Imagine you’re listening to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” on Pandora Radio. The only candidates you’re thinking about are the ones referenced in the song. Until the commercial break. Suddenly, there’s a candidate, asking for your vote in the upcoming election.

Grassley’s Twitter Account Hacked

Jan. 23, 2012

Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Twitter account, @ChuckGrassley, was hacked today.

Hill Climbers: Role Models Paved Way for Aide

Jan. 20, 2012

Ray Martin has always had role models close by. His grandparents raised him and introduced him to “Star Wars,” and a lifelong friend inspired him to pursue a career in politics.

Students Journey From Music City to the Hill

Jan. 18, 2012

While some high school students spend winter break sleeping in and watching television, eight young women from a private school in Tennessee are spending their vacation answering mail and conducting tours of the Capitol.

Congressional Websites Go Dark, Too

Jan. 18, 2012

It wasn’t just Wikipedia that went dark today. At least four Members of Congress “blacked out” their official websites in solidarity with an Internet-wide protest by opponents of bills to crack down on online piracy of music and movies.

Members Tweeting at Their Own Risk

Jan. 17, 2012

The explosion of social media has enabled government officials to share more information than ever before with the stroke of a thumb on a phone, but the boost in communication has raised more questions and security concerns than can fit in 140 characters.

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