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Christina Bellantoni

Bio:

Christina Bellantoni is Roll Call's editor-in-chief. She took the position in January 2014 and is in charge of all editorial, print and digital platforms.

Before returning to the newspaper, Bellantoni worked as political editor at the PBS NewsHour, where she directed coverage of the White House, Congress, political campaigns and the Supreme Court. While managing the political unit and the election-year Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant, Bellantoni also served as an on-air political analyst. 

Prior to working in television, Bellantoni was associate politics editor for Roll Call from October 2010 until January 2012. She has been writing about politics in Washington since fall 2003. Before coming to Roll Call for the first time, Bellantoni was a senior reporter-blogger in Talking Points Memo’s D.C. bureau, covering the White House and national politics. 

She worked from 2003 to 2008 at The Washington Times, writing the paper's most-trafficked blog. During her time there, Bellantoni was a White House correspondent after covering the 2008 presidential campaign and Congress, and she came up through the paper's Metro desk covering Virginia state politics.

Bellantoni began her journalism career in 1998 writing about technology and business in her home state of California. She is the winner of two national journalism awards for her 2001 scoop about the sale of the San Jose Sharks.

She served as a fall 2011 fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School, leading a group of undergraduate students for a semester of discussions about partisan media.

She serves on the board of the Washington Press Club Foundation, which aims to advance women and minorities in newsrooms, and plays on the Bad News Babes, the media team in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

She regularly guest hosts the "Kojo Nnamdi Show" on WAMU 88.5 FM.

Bellantoni also is a contributing editor for More Magazine, and authored the December 2011 “Running (For President) in Heels” and the May 2011 “The Great Awakening of the Mommy Patriots.”

She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Ranking Member Fundraising Battle: Pallone Gets Cash From Tech, Health Care Industries

April 21, 2014

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. received donations from health care groups and technology giants, and gave money to more than a dozen fellow Democrats, including some in vulnerable seats, a new filing for his leadership political action committee shows.

Obama Boasts Health Care Enrollment Hits 8 Million, Talks Immigration, Highways (Updated)

April 17, 2014

Updated 4:38 p.m. | President Barack Obama said Thursday that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage in the marketplaces set up through the Affordable Care Act, and whacked Republicans for “endless, fruitless repeal efforts.”

Hey, Congress: This Might Be Why They Hate You

April 8, 2014

The median American household income was $51,371 in 2012. That’s $122,000 and change less than a rank-and-file member of Congress.

Roll Call's Book Club With Mark Halperin in 3 Minutes

April 7, 2014

Roll Call editors Christina Bellantoni and Jason Dick sit down with Mark Halperin, co-author of "Double Down: Game Change 2012," to discuss the 2014 midterm elections, the 2016 presidential election and the political climate in Washington.

Unemployment Extension: How Did Your Senator Vote?

March 29, 2014

Updated 8:18 p.m. | The Senate next week will consider giving final approval to an unemployment benefits extension, thanks to a procedural vote Thursday.

Roll Call's Inside Look at the 2014 Midterms

March 26, 2014

As part of an ongoing Roll Call political webinar series, our editors took a detailed look at upcoming House and Senate primaries. From the heated Democratic primary in Northern Virginia to questions of Republican conservatism up and down the ballot, the group gabbed about the races that ultimately will determine the makeup of the next Congress.

Gridiron Club Jokes: Congressional Edition

March 10, 2014

Ted Cruz apparently doesn’t have a problem with being openly mocked. Even when he’s being called a ”Flintstone Cowboy” by reporters dressed up like the cartoon characters — with a full-sized pink Dino the Dinosaur — presenting the Texas Republican as straight out of the Stone Age.

Roll Call Round Table: After Cummings-Issa Dust-Up, a Look Back at Nasty House Fights (Video)

March 7, 2014

So, how nasty was the brouhaha between Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, anyway? And how did the resulting floor fight over a resolution to rap Issa on the knuckles compare to other partisan stunts?

Roll Call Round Table: After Cummings-Issa Dust-Up, a Look Back at Nasty House Fights

March 7, 2014

Just how nasty was the brouhaha between Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, anyway? And how did the resulting floor fight over a resolution to rap Issa on the knuckles compare to other partisan stunts?

These are questions that came up Thursday morning in our editorial meeting as Congressional Black Caucus members put forth the measure, and once we got going, the stories started flying. Bill Thomas crying! Nancy Pelosi turning out the lights and locking the House chamber! The days when legislative spats were settled with fisticuffs! Sure, partisan rancor these days is bad, but things have definitely been worse.

Tom Cotton Takes On Obama in Weekly Address

Feb. 22, 2014

Republicans chose Rep. Tom Cotton, a Senate candidate in one of the hottest races this cycle, to deliver the party’s weekly address and go after President Barack Obama as “causing” the problems people face in Arkansas and across the country.

Your Neighborhood Newspaper

Feb. 21, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Sid Yudain.

Senators’ Debt Limit Votes Kept Off Microphones; Reporters Protest

Feb. 13, 2014

In a major departure from procedure during Wednesday’s climactic vote on suspending the federal debt limit, the Senate kept some senators’ votes secret while the nearly hourlong tally was under way — a move that has drawn sharp criticism from Capitol Hill reporters.

The stakes for Wednesday’s vote were as high as they come, with the full faith and credit of the United States, the political future of Republican leaders and another government shutdown showdown on the line.

Staffers: Remember Those IDs! Especially on SOTU Night

Jan. 28, 2014

Roll Call public service announcement: Always have your ID in the Capitol. Just ask Doug Heye, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s deputy chief of staff for communications.

Your Neighborhood Newspaper

Jan. 28, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Sid Yudain.

State of the Union

Jan. 27, 2014

Our comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's 2014 State of the Union address, and how congressional leaders reacted to it.

Key Retirements Sap Institutional Knowledge

Jan. 19, 2012

With 25 House Members and Senators heading for the exits instead of seeking re-election or another office this fall, Congress is losing more than four centuries of institutional memory and service.

Gingrich Ad Maker Has Reputation, Long Client List

Jan. 1, 2012

The GOP presidential candidates are making their final cases on Iowa’s airwaves, and one ad man — Rex Elsass of the Strategy Group for Media — has worked for three of them.

Ben Nelson Exit Shifts Nebraska Senate Seat to Likely GOP

Dec. 28, 2011

Republicans are in a strong position to win the open Nebraska Senate seat thanks to Sen. Ben Nelson’s decision to retire, so Roll Call Politics is moving its rating from Tossup to Likely Republican.

EMILY's List Ranks 2012 Republican Candidates

Dec. 28, 2011

EMILY's List today released its first-ever presidential scorecard, a look at how the GOP candidates rank on issues of importance to its membership.

Sen. Ben Nelson to Retire (VIDEO)

Dec. 27, 2011

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) will retire instead of face re-election, the Senator announced today.

Rothman to Challenge Pascrell in Democratic Primary

Dec. 27, 2011

Rep. Steven Rothman will challenge fellow Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell in a primary, the messy consequences of New Jersey redistricting and the loss of one House seat.


In Universe of Endorsements, Handful Are Coveted Most

Dec. 19, 2011

In the great GOP scramble to win the nod to challenge President Barack Obama, there are a handful of coveted endorsements any of the contenders would probably be thrilled to get.

Dormant Hillary Clinton Campaign Selling ‘History’

Dec. 7, 2011

Hillary Clinton’s long-dormant presidential campaign has just a few posters, buttons and T-shirts left. And to pay off the $274,000 in debt left over from her 2008 battle against Barack Obama, the campaign is asking supporters to contribute, just in time to make one of those items a stocking stuffer.

Prankster Claims SEIU Withdrew Endorsement of President Obama

Dec. 7, 2011

A hoax claimed that a powerful labor union had decided against backing the president’s re-election bid.

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