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Two of Capitol Hill's most trusted sources of news and information — Roll Call and GalleryWatch — have launched a five-day-a-week online source for fast-breaking legislative news and markups: CongressNow.

Our veteran journalists, each with years of experience covering policy in Washington, use their knowledge and insight to:

• Keep readers in the know about legislation, from the moment it's introduced to the day it's signed by the president.
• Provide wall-to-wall coverage of committee markups, in depth and on deadline.
• Give you breaking news, behind-the-scenes insight and top-notch analysis of what's going to happen next.
• Send e-mail alerts — to your desktop, your laptop or your BlackBerry — that inform you about breaking news right when you need it.

All to keep you plugged in and ahead of the competition.


Editorial inquiries: Editorial@CongressNow.com
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Front desk 202/824-6800
Main fax 202/824-0902
Reprint requests 877/394-7350

Publisher: Laurie Battaglia
Editor-in-Chief: Charlie Mitchell


Lou Jacobson, editor

Prior to the launch of CongressNow, Louis Jacobson spent three years as deputy editor of Roll Call and originated Roll Call’s “Out There” column on politics in the states, which now runs in Stateline.org. Earlier, Jacobson spent nearly 11 years with National Journal covering lobbying, politics and policy, and served as a contributing writer for two of its affiliates, CongressDaily and Government Executive. He has been a frequent freelance contributor to The Economist, The Washington Post, Washington CityPaper, The Rothenberg Political Report and The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote a bimonthly column for the Breakaway section on government and small business. He served as principal contributing writer for the 2004 edition of “The Almanac of American Politics” and as a contributing writer for the 2000 edition.

George Cahlink, managing editor

George Cahlink has covered Congress and the Pentagon for roughly a decade, as a correspondent for Congressional Quarterly, Defense Daily, Government Executive, Federal Times and Inside the Army. He has served as an embedded journalist with military forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. He also has been a freelance contributor to National Journal, Air Force magazine and Foreign Service Journal.

Geof Koss, staff writer

Geof Koss covers energy, the environment and science for CongressNow. Prior to joining CongressNow, he spent five years as a reporter and editor covering environmental policy for Inside Washington Publishers, most recently as managing editor of InsideEPA.com. He's also covered education and American Indian affairs for Colorado newspapers and been an editor for such daily papers as The Bulletin in Bend, Ore., and the Durango Herald in Colorado.

Ashley Roque, staff writer

Ashley Roque covers defense, homeland security, intelligence and veterans’ affairs. Previously, Roque covered Defense Department procurement, budget and policy issues as an associate editor of Inside the Army, a weekly newsletter of Inside Washington Publishers. Before that, she edited The Georgetowner and The Downtowner newspapers in Washington, D.C.

Stephen Langel, staff writer

Stephen Langel covers health care, labor and entitlement programs, including Social Security. For seven years, he covered Capitol Hill and regulatory policy for Inside Washington Publishers and FDAnews. During that time he wrote about political and policy developments in the environmental, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. His beat included the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Charlene Carter, staff writer

Charlene Carter covers financial services, transportation, commerce and telecommunications. She most recently covered legal affairs for Congressional Quarterly, reporting on the House and Senate Judiciary and Small Business committees. She has also been a contributing writer for Black Enterprise and Atlanta Tribune magazines.

Jennifer Bendery, staff writer

Jennifer Bendery covers the floor and tax policy for CongressNow. She has covered Texas politics for the last four years for GalleryWatch’s Texas Legislature team. She reported from the floor of the Texas House and Senate on issues ranging from education financing to Hurricane Katrina to health care reform. She has also provided regular coverage on such topics as Texas Congressional redistricting and the criminal charges against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). Previously, Bendery reported on behavioral health care policy for Mental Health Weekly, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly and Primary Care Weekly.

Jay Heflin, staff writer

Jay Heflin covers tax policy and trade for CongressNow. He has covered the Congressional debate over income taxes for more than six years, for such outlets as Tax Notes and United Communications Group. He most recently covered accounting and tax issues for Thomson newsletters, while also serving as a contributing writer to CongressNow since its launch. He was the co-author, with Richard D. Thau, of "Generations Apart: Xers Vs. Boomers Vs. the Elderly" and "Get It Together By 30 and Be Set for the Rest of Your Life."

Scott Cox, contributor
Emily Pierce, contributor
Chad Brand, contributor
Kelsey Lamb, contributor
Daniel Peake, contributor
Julie Restivo, contributor
Michael Lepage, contributor
Niels Lesniewski, contributor
Clayton Hanson, contributor
Alison McSherry, contributor
Doug Graham, photo editor
Tom Williams, photographer
Bill Clark, photographer
Kelly Shaw, intern
David Zenlea, intern
Brandace Simmons, intern
Michael Lucibella, intern
Carla St. Louis, intern
Alec Mouhibian, intern
Leah Carliner, intern
Daniel Jackson, intern
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