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Viqueira Feels Right At Home On Capitol Hill


Photo by Jay Westcott for Washingtonian.

NBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira pens this piece for Washingtonian mag this month on why he feels right at home on Capitol Hill– his family’s histroy in DC.

In the photograph above, he points out two of his great-uncles in a 1912 Lewis Hines photo in the basement of the Capitol. Viqueira writes that the presence of his relatives everyday at work gives him “a sense of perspective, of reassurance.”

So I have on my side generations of family to welcome and guide me, to calm me down or tip me off each day as I cover the Hill. Everywhere I turn, there’s another reminder of my heritage, another sepia-toned image to conjure. Walking daily through the Capitol’s rotunda, I imagine my grandfather playing as a boy in the dome, clambering up and down the steps that wind between the inner and outer shells, one of a gaggle of children running around the building on a whim. A visit across the street to the Library of Congress is reason to pause and listen for the echoes of my grandmother singing her Neapolitan favorites as she works on a cleaning crew.

Read Viqueira’s piece in the June issue or on Washingtonian‘s site here.

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