Its first editor was Martin Tolchin, a veteran correspondent in the Washington bureau of The New York Times.
It is written for and about the U.S. Congress, with a special focus on business and lobbying, political campaigns and other events on Capitol Hill. The newspaper features investigative reporting, profiles of lawmakers and aides, features describing the sociology and politics of the Hill, book and restaurant reviews and a weekly column about the Capitol Hill neighborhoods.
The newspaper has the largest circulation of any Capitol Hill publication, above 21,000. It has a free website and 11 blogs dedicated to specific political and policy issues: The Hill's Congress Blog, The Hill's Pundits Blog, The Hill's Briefing Room, The Hill's Twitter Room, Hillicon Valley, On The Money, E2Wire, Ballot Box, Healthwatch, The Hill's Floor Action Blog and DEFCON Hill. Hillicon Valley is a policy blog about technology, E2Wire focuses on energy and environment and On the Money is about finance.