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Christina Bellantoni


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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Stories by Christina Bellantoni:

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.

Teenager Still Motivated, Just Not for Obama

Oct. 7, 2011

Charlie Comfort is no Barack Obama, but the teenager learned during the Democrat's presidential campaign the very skills he used to score his unlikely political victory last month over a 17-year incumbent. Comfort takes office today as the youngest school board member in the history of Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Obama Warns Backers of Tough Slog Ahead

Oct. 5, 2011

President Barack Obama told supporters at a high-dollar St. Louis fundraiser hosted by the Carnahan family Tuesday night that he needs them to prepare for a grueling re-election fight that won’t be as much fun as 2008.

Romney’s Recipe for Flip-Flop Charge: New Facts Yield New Ideas

Sept. 28, 2011

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Mitt Romney gave supporters here advice today on how to defend his candidacy against critics who call him a flip-flopper, spinning the issue into a sales pitch for his private sector experience.

Netroots Uses Elizabeth Warren to Boost Online Auction

Sept. 19, 2011

Organizers of the Netroots Nation conference of liberal activists and bloggers are using Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy to help drum up support for an online auction to benefit next year’s event, to be held in Providence, R.I.

GOP Lawyer Wants Rematch With John Tierney

Sept. 12, 2011

Attorney Bill Hudak plans to challenge Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) again in 2012 and was stumping for votes at a recent tea party rally in Manchester, N.H., to boost support among conservatives.

Administration Willing to Go It Alone

Sept. 9, 2011

Many of President Barack Obama's priorities have sputtered, and the president blames gridlock in Washington for the lack of progress. But the White House has signaled it is willing to use other options such as executive orders, administrative action at the agency level and a review of regulations to implement the president's wishes without Congress on board.

Sharron Angle Mum on Her Nevada Special Election Vote

Sept. 7, 2011

Sharron Angle, the failed 2010 Republican nominee for Senate, voted early in Nevada’s special election before hopping on the Tea Party Express bus tour across the country.

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