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Christina Bellantoni

Bio:

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

Before returning to the newspaper, Bellantoni worked as political editor at the PBS NewsHour, where she directedcoverage 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 wasassociate 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 Memos D.C. bureau, covering the White House and national politics.

She worked from2003 to 2008at 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 Harvards 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 Womens 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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Stunner: Cantor Upset Changes Everything

June 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in a Republican primary Tuesday, conceding his Virginia seat to a local activist after a stunning loss with possibly dramatic consequences for leadership, the chances of any immigration overhaul passing Congress and the future of his party.

Chris McDaniel Mississippi Voters Finding ... Kentucky

June 2, 2014

Hes a young, conservative, Republican state senator from the South named Chris McDaniel.

I Went to Rand Pauls Liberty School, and All I Got Was a Free Cup of Coffee

May 20, 2014

You Owe It to Yourself to Learn How to Win, Sen. Rand Paul told me in an email on Tax Day.

CQ Roll Call Moderates Debate on Keystone XL

May 7, 2014

CQ Roll Call is excited to offer the first installment of a new video series, "Opinion Duel," created by The Purple Network. Roll Call has partnered with National Review and The Nation to bring you in-depth discussions of top political issues with more discussion than a short cable news segment. Representing the left, right, and center, each Opinion Duel program will feature an intelligent debate on key legislative issues between The Nation on the left, National Review on the right, and CQ Roll Call editors playing the important role of moderator.

In this first installment of the Opinion Duel, Roll Call's Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni moderated a discussion with Charles C. W. Cooke, from National Review and The Nation's Zo Carpenter. Carpenter and Cooke discussed the interests surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline and whether President Obama has been active on the climate change agenda.

Unemployment Extension Hearing Scrapped Thanks to Meeting Room Spat

May 6, 2014

Updated, 1:25 p.m. | A planned Democratic hearing on an unemployment benefits extension was quickly transformed into a news conference Tuesday, with Democrats blaming Republicans for the stalled legislation and a spat erupting over meeting space.

Which Members of Congress Attended White House Correspondents Association Dinner?

May 5, 2014

The White House Correspondents Association Dinner is a chance to see and be seen, and an evening when Washingtons elite can rub elbows with Hollywood elites. Members of Congress also frequently attend as guests of the media outlets.

A New Day: 6 Questions With CQ's David Ellis

April 28, 2014

A few days ago, Vice President of News David Ellis gathered every person in our newsroom.

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. Thats $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 doesnt have a problem with being openly mocked. Even when hes 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 partys 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

Ive 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 Wednesdays 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 Wednesdays 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 Cantors deputy chief of staff for communications.

Your Neighborhood Newspaper

Jan. 28, 2014

Ive 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.

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