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Christina Bellantoni

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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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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.

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.

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.

Heard on the Hill: Political Fooding

Dec. 6, 2011

A hopping Harvard University hamburger joint in Cambridge, Mass., knows just how to honor outgoing Rep. Barney Frank, the bombastic Massachusetts Democrat who announced last week he’s outta here.

Gingrich, Paul Campaigns Step It Up in Weeks Before Iowa Caucuses

Dec. 5, 2011

Iowa will get a new batch of television ads this week from presidential hopefuls, with former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) going on the air.

Phyllis Schlafly Backs Michele Bachmann for President

Dec. 5, 2011

Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative icon who has railed against the feminist movement for decades, has endorsed Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign.

Election 2012: The Marginal Edges

Dec. 1, 2011

The race for the Republican nomination looks like it still has many more melodramatic turns to take. New and galvanizing crises at home or abroad could make surprise appearances. And the first primaries and caucuses are still a month away. But at this juncture, it’s tough to imagine the 2012 presidential campaign being anything other than very straightforward. It is, in fact, one of the few things on which Republicans and Democrats agree: In all 50 states, the election will be more than anything a referendum on the state of the economy — and a vote of confidence on whether the current chief economic steward deserves four more years. And the outcome, both parties concede, will be close.

Christine O’Donnell Touring Early 2012 States

Nov. 28, 2011

One-time tea party darling and thrice-failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is asking voters in the key early nominating states to help her choose a GOP candidate to endorse for president.

Barney Frank to Retire

Nov. 28, 2011

Rep. Barney Frank will announce today he is not seeking re-election.

Michele Bachmann Touts Glenn Beck Vote, Gets S.C. Tea Party Boost

Nov. 28, 2011

Conservative television and radio star Glenn Beck said he plans to vote for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in the presidential primary contest.

Michele Bachmann: Upbringing Influences Candidacy

Nov. 20, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann likes wearing dresses on the campaign trail in part because they remind her of her grandmothers, who would sew a new dress for her twice a year — Easter and the first day of school.

Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul Bemoan Media Coverage

Nov. 14, 2011

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told supporters gathered to see his new state headquarters that the nation is “in for a great shock” when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney does not win the GOP presidential nomination.

2012 Battleground: Presidential Coattails

Nov. 10, 2011

It’s not just Senate Democrats playing defense across the 2012 map — President Barack Obama’s team will spend millions on a wide playing field of states the Democrat won in 2008.

Obama Wants to Share Your Google Calendar

Nov. 7, 2011

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is asking supporters to download digital calendars that include key voter registration deadlines and other big dates in an effort to get out the vote for the Democrat next fall.

DCCC Buys Radio Ads Going After 25 House Republicans

Nov. 4, 2011

The DCCC will air radio ads starting Monday in 25 Republican districts.

Presidential Debate Commission Announces Sites, Dates

Oct. 31, 2011

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the debate dates and schools that will host next fall’s meetings between President Barack Obama and his general election rival and between Vice President Joseph Biden and the GOP’s vice presidential nominee.

2012 Presidential Debate Sites to Be Named in November

Oct. 26, 2011

The Commission on Presidential Debates will announce the sites and dates for the general election debates next month, and officials are considering freshening up the debate format to recognize the changing world of technology.

Michele Bachmann Used in Local Virginia Election

Oct. 26, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s name is being used to scare Democratic donors for an election in Alexandria, Va.

Christine O’Donnell Hedges Her Bets

Oct. 24, 2011

Thrice-losing GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell wants supporters to know she likes a whole bunch of the Republican Party’s presidential candidates, has given money to two of them and plans to donate to two more.

Romney Endorsed by Hastert, Cochran, Biggert

Oct. 12, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continued his streak of endorsement collections this morning, scooping up the backing of a Senator, a Member of Congress and former Speaker Dennis Hastert for his presidential bid.

Democratic Pollster Sees Tight 2012 Battle

Oct. 9, 2011

Top national pollster Peter Hart believes President Barack Obama will face a very close election next fall no matter which Republican becomes the GOP nominee. He compared the nation’s mood to the election in 1968.

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