Stories by Kate Tummarello:
Oct. 18, 2011
Every day, the offices of Members of Congress are flooded with various forms of communications from constituents. There are the old-school phone calls and faxes. Add to that emails, Facebook wall posts and tweets. Now, Members are being circled on Google Plus.
Oct. 14, 2011
The new assistant to the chief of staff for Rep. Mike Honda was inspired by her parents to pursue social justice issues.
Oct. 7, 2011
A group of volunteers plans to spend Saturday cleaning up the Anacostia River.
Oct. 5, 2011
When traveling around a new place, you might be tempted to stop at that familiar fast-food chain for a snack or meal. But south-central Pennsylvania offers seasonal, locally made options that are far more tempting, if you know where to find them.
Oct. 4, 2011
You snooze, you lose. Thats the name of a new series of breakfasts being hosted by CHAMPS, Capitol Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Oct. 3, 2011
You might not have heard of the College of the Holy Cross, but youve probably heard of some of its alumni. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews and White House speechwriter Jon Favreau are among its graduates.
Sept. 30, 2011
Growing up in Wisconsin, Tom Just wanted to become a pilot and travel the world, and he wasnt willing to wait until adulthood to pursue his dreams.
Sept. 26, 2011
At 8 a.m. Tuesday, four engineers are scheduled to begin rappelling down the Washington Monument to start an exterior survey of the damage done by a magnitude-5.8 earthquake on Aug. 23.
Sept. 23, 2011
Liam Fitzsimmons graduated from high school sure that he would go to law school, but nine months in Spain convinced him otherwise.
Sept. 16, 2011
Michigans redistricting process has given Rep. John Dingell's new chief of staff something of a homecoming.
Sept. 14, 2011
Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be great for connecting with friends or staying informed, but nowadays people are also using the sites as extensions of their résumés.
Sept. 13, 2011
High-priced lobbyists might have a direct line to members of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, but new media strategist Patrick Hynes is trying to make it easier for the super committee to listen to everyone else as well.
Sept. 13, 2011
A Roll Call survey shows about 85 percent of Members have Twitter accounts, giving lawmakers the opportunity to directly connect with constituents. But they must also be conscious of their public image on two levels: the accounts they control and the ones they dont.
Sept. 9, 2011
For some people, coming to Capitol Hill is part of a clear career path. Not Amber Aviles. Her previous jobs include an internship in an emergency room, stints in voice-over acting and gigs in stand-up comedy.
Sept. 8, 2011
Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins met with the chairmen of the 9/11 Commission and activists Thursday to address communication problems that remain unresolved 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Sept. 3, 2011
Resilience is the word of the day. Or, at least, that's the goal of the organizers and hosts of Thursday's 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit a film festival.
Sept. 1, 2011
For schoolchildren and Congress Members alike, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the return to the daily grind. Happily, there are plenty of holiday celebrations planned around the Washington metro area this weekend to help distract you from the imminent return of lunchboxes and briefcases.
Aug. 12, 2011
Some interns on the Hill make copies. Others answer phones. One group of Capitol Hill interns is helping feed locals who are facing serious illnesses.
Aug. 9, 2011
Yellowstone National Park may have been the first national park, but the National Mall is the first with its own iPhone app.
July 29, 2011
This session, more than 30 bills in Congress are named for people who died an untimely death, as a result of either a crime or suicide.
July 29, 2011
For Rep. John Dingells new legislative director, it all started with an internship during her junior year of college.
July 26, 2011
Rep. Luis Gutierrez was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Park Police while advocating for immigration reform during a demonstration in front of the White House.
July 22, 2011
Lesley Lopez has always been a multitasker, so the new communications director for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is used to juggling many responsibilities.
July 18, 2011
For Janice Hahn, todays swearing-in ceremony will be especially sweet because she knows what its like to lose. The newest Member of the California delegation ran unsuccessfully for her seat back in 1998.
July 15, 2011
Amanda Maddox did not plan on working in Congress. At first, she wanted to be a sportscaster.