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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:

Dakota Dreamed of Sequestration Solution

Feb. 26, 2013

As sequestration continues to home in on Washington, it’s worth pointing out that the 112th Congress’ “101st Senator” — that would be Dakota, the beloved bichon frisé of ex-Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. — had calmer things in mind for the legislative branch.

Rest in Peace, Dakota

Feb. 25, 2013

The Senate’s best known pup, Dakota, has passed away.

Sláinte, Ireland!

Feb. 25, 2013

They say there is a first time for everything and whether the nation realizes it, it’s experiencing a series of firsts in Washington, D.C.

Cohen Tweets to Secret Daughter

Feb. 15, 2013

When a congressman tweets to a younger woman who is not his wife, the alarm bells go off that he might be up to no good. … Or it might be that he’s pleased his recently discovered daughter was watching the State of the Union.

Schiff's New Role Connects Him to the District

Feb. 14, 2013

Richard Schiff looks happy. At least, for him.

A Love Story: 'Metamorphoses' Makes Valentine's Debut

Feb. 13, 2013

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses,” a lush, sensual adaptation of classic myths by Ovid, opens Thursday night at Arena Stage.

The American Dream: One Water Bottle's Amazing Date With History

Feb. 13, 2013

This all happened so fast.

Menendez Daughter Had Advice for the Scandalized

Feb. 12, 2013

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has his hands full these days, with a burgeoning scandal surrounding his friend and political donor, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, as well as scrutiny of the senator’s own travel and leisure activities in the Dominican Republic.

Someone Brought a Giant Dog to the John Brennan Hearing

Feb. 7, 2013

Many hairy people have found their way in and around the Capitol complex, but Thursday was a bit different.

The Joy of Accidentally Forwarded Emails

Feb. 6, 2013

In what is becoming a semi-regular feature at HOH, the Democrats are making us chuckle on their listservs again.

Louis C.K. Shows Washington What Could Have Been

Feb. 4, 2013

Oh, what could have been.

Help Wanted: Beatty Seeks Unpaid ‘Fellow’

Feb. 3, 2013

Freshman Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, and her staff are still getting the new office up and running. This means, of course, working within a budget.

NBC Hearts Pols: Pelosi on '30 Rock' Finale

Jan. 31, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will be on hand to wish Liz Lemon and friends a fond adieu on Thursday night’s series finale of “30 Rock.” Also wishing the Gang of Lemon good-day are guest stars Julianne Moore, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and, of course, Ice-T.

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti to Divorce

Jan. 30, 2013

Actress, activist and potential Senate candidate Ashley Judd announced Tuesday that she and race-car driver husband Dario Franchitti will divorce.The two tweeted “family forever” to each other after the news of their split broke.

Sci-Fi Comes to D.C.

Jan. 28, 2013

For fiction readers, Washington, D.C., is more well-known as a backdrop for political intrigue (see the works of Brad Metzler) or gritty crime (ditto for George Pelecanos).

Behold, Folger Theatre Delivers a Little Touch of Harry in the Night

Jan. 28, 2013

Once more unto the breach, dear friends. Once more, William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” will swash and buckle its way across the Folger Theatre’s stage.

Hillary's State-ly Farewell Dinner: Pick the Seating Chart!

Jan. 28, 2013

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is being feted at a private dinner hosted by U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday night.

Welcome to Natitude Nation, President Taft

Jan. 28, 2013

President Taft is inspiring a nation of nerds.

Inhofe Calls Out Egypt's 'Anti-Semantic' Bias

Jan. 28, 2013

Sen. James M. Inhofe is dubious about the United States’ relationship with Egypt.

Argo My Beating Heart! Celebrity to Be Auctioned For Charity

Jan. 23, 2013

Ladies and gents, are you sitting down?

StartUp RockOn Lupe Fiasco Show Devolves Into Total Fiasco

Jan. 21, 2013

Hip-hop rabble-rouser Lupe Fiasco kick-pushed himself out of a paying gig Sunday night when he offended his corporate sponsors after what can only be described as a musical protest against the Obama administration at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C.

Kentucky: Actress Ashley Judd Still Hedging on Senate Run

Jan. 20, 2013

Actress Ashley Judd said Sunday that she is still praying on her decision about whether to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014.

An Event-ful Inaugural Weekend

Jan. 17, 2013

There are hundreds of inaugural events taking place this weekend, and while everyone knows about the official balls, here are some of the more fun, quirky goings-on. Some feature mural painting and spitballing big ideas. One involves hip-hop superstar Lupe Fiasco, another the homegrown street artist BORF, who created the poster art for Nevermind the Inauguration. This weekend, belt out patriotic karaoke. Heck, go to a pig roast luau. So spend the next few days seeing the best of our diamond district. Go forth and party!

Messina Is the Italian-American Democrat of the Year

Jan. 15, 2013

President Barack Obama isn’t going to be the only ball belle.Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina will finally get his moment in the sun, even if that sun is indoor lighting at Carmine’s Restaurant on Seventh Street.

The Nixon Faithful Stand By Their Man

Jan. 10, 2013

“Thank you for your loyalty,” Ron Walker, chairman of the Richard Nixon Foundation, told the crowd at the Mayflower Hotel. “All of us in this room have a special bond: We worked for Richard Nixon.”

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