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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:

U.S. Mayors to Get Double Bill of VP Biden and MC Hammer

Jan. 9, 2013

We knew the vice president was “2 Legit 2 Quit” — we just never realized how legit he was.

Missed Connection on the L2

Jan. 8, 2013

Love and public transportation are governed by the same laws.

Ticketmaster's Inaugural Nightmare Isn't Over

Jan. 7, 2013

Ticketmaster can’t catch a break.

Ticketmaster's Inaugural Screwup

Jan. 7, 2013

Updated: 1:56 p.m. | The presidential inaugural season is upon us.

Regarding Sandy: Vitter Calls Reid an 'Idiot'

Jan. 7, 2013

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., can’t get any respect from Republican colleagues in either chamber.

Director’s Political Acumen

Jan. 3, 2013

Is William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” a political drama hiding within a comedy-romance?

Flake’s Big Week

Jan. 3, 2013

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has had quite a week.

Is Congress Ready for a 12-Step Program?

Jan. 2, 2013

Rep. Ted Poe thinks the legislative branch is ripe for an intervention.

The Capitol Hill Starbucks, a Portrait in 'Come Together'

Dec. 27, 2012

The Starbucks “Come Together” campaign has attracted national headlines. And the scene at the Capitol Hill Starbucks at 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast suggests that, if nothing else, baristas are coming together on their handwriting.

Starbucks Hopes 'Come Together' Campaign Catches on With Capitol Hill

Dec. 26, 2012

Starbucks has started a companywide “Come Together” campaign to urge Washington’s lawmakers to put aside partisan bickering and “fix the debt.” The campaign began across the company on Christmas Day.

Some Republicans Think the NRA Has Jumped the Shark

Dec. 21, 2012

The immediate reaction from Republican staffers on Capitol Hill suggests the National Rifle Association might have jumped the shark Friday.

Vice Box Mystery Masterminded by Cowards

Dec. 20, 2012

Midmorning Thursday, a package arrived addressed to the female portion of the Heard on the Hill team.

Pandora's Box of Vices Mysteriously Delivered to Our Desk

Dec. 20, 2012

Midmorning Thursday, a package arrived addressed to the female portion of the Heard on the Hill team.

DNC Lends A Helping Healthy Hand

Dec. 20, 2012

The Democratic National Committee is ready for its employees to get physical. It’s even happy to help employees pay for the privilege.

Harkin Remembers the Peanuts but Forgets the Football

Dec. 19, 2012

At a news conference Wednesday, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, made a hilarious analogy comparing Speaker John A. Boehner’s “plan B” fiscal cliff aversion proposal with one of the more familiar tropes from “Peanuts” — Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown.

An Affleck-Damon Senate Race?

Dec. 19, 2012

Nearly 15 years after the release of the blockbuster flick “Good Will Hunting,” at least one Massachusetts-based politics editor yearns for the magic Ben Affleck and Matt Damon could bring to politics.

Fiscal Cliff Inspires Sugar Daddy Site

Dec. 19, 2012

Sorry, male reporters and lower-level government workers. According to the website Seeking Arrangement, rational, heterosexual women like dating only wealthy men.

The Sartorialist Likes D.C.'s Personality, Sees Room for Improvement

Dec. 19, 2012

Scott Schuman, the photographer/blogger better known as The Sartorialist, was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night signing his latest book for Politics and Prose at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Chinatown.

Overheard on the Hill

Dec. 16, 2012

“It’s quite plain that Lord Grantham has made quite a catastrophic investment that is going to bring down — talk about jumping off a fiscal cliff — it’s going to bring down the entire structure of the world that he knows.”

Nothing Says Christmas Like The Fridge

Dec. 16, 2012

Hey, D.C.: Staying local looks so good on you.

'Downton Abbey' Takes Washington: Stars Talk, Pols Swoon

Dec. 14, 2012

The night was cold, but inside the British ambassador’s residence, it was warm and filled to capacity with A-list Washingtonians fanning themselves over the stars of the British drama “Downton Abbey.”

The Warmth of Other Sons

Dec. 13, 2012

“Pullman Porter Blues” may not be destined to make musical theater history, but it does celebrate America’s history through a good, solid night of drama and the unerring power of the blues.

Nikki Haley Mocks Media, Colbert Through Song

Dec. 13, 2012

Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina turned heads Thursday when she told the Washington Post that her Senate pick wouldn’t have to have experience. Four hours later, she tweeted and posted on her Facebook page these lyrics from the Adele song, “Rumor Has It”: “People say crazy things, Just ’cause I said it, don’t mean that I meant it, Just ’cause…”

Reporters to Dem Flacks: Don't Do It

Dec. 12, 2012

Several Democratic communication directors and press secretaries were working hard on their private Democrat press listerv today.

Moran's Son Pleads Guilty to Assault

Dec. 12, 2012

Updated 5:36 p.m. | Patrick Moran, the son of Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assault charges stemming from an incident on Dec. 1 where he allegedly slammed his girlfriend’s head into a metal trash can cage, reports the Washington City Paper.

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