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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:

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.

Tammy Baldwin Makes Senate Candidacy Official (VIDEO)

Sept. 6, 2011

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) announced early this morning her long-expected Senate bid for the seat left open by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl.

Palin Bashes 'Permanent Political Class' at Tea Party Rally

Sept. 5, 2011

MANCHESTER, N.H. — New England voters hoping to hear Sarah Palin announce a presidential bid were disappointed Monday when the former Alaska governor offered little more than criticism of Washington from the Tea Party Express rally stage.

Freshman Hosting Presidential Town Halls

Aug. 1, 2011

Republican Rep. Tim Scott (S.C.) is flexing his freshman muscle by hosting meetings to introduce the GOP presidential hopefuls to Palmetto State voters in advance of the key early primary in 2012.

In Politics of the Debt, Nobody Is Winning

July 25, 2011

With all the talk of punting and passing when it comes to lifting the nation’s debt ceiling, it’s pretty clear no one wants to own the deficit debate in 2012. But if polling is any indication, everyone just might.

Wu Calls Sex Allegations ‘Serious’ Matter

July 22, 2011

Rep. David Wu acknowledged that questions surrounding a sexual encounter with a teenage woman are "very serious," but would not elaborate on the matter.

Bachmann Ad Says She Has ‘Courage’ to Oppose Debt Ceiling Increase

July 20, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann released a new statewide television ad highlighting for Iowa voters for the second time that she won’t support increasing the nation’s debt ceiling.

Bachmann: Migraines Manageable, Focused on Job

July 19, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann on Tuesday acknowledged that she experiences migraine headaches but insisted the ailment has not affected her job performance.

Bachmann Knows It’s Iowa or Bust

July 18, 2011

AMES, Iowa — Rep. Michele Bachmann raised the stakes for herself in the Hawkeye State this past weekend. “The whole thing could get decided in the straw poll!” she predicted with enthusiasm as she barnstormed for support and collected data on GOP voters who might help her deliver a strong showing in next month’s critical test.

Bachmann Accuses Obama of Being Disingenuous About Default

July 17, 2011

COLFAX, Iowa — Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday that even though she will oppose any increase to the debt ceiling, she does not believe the alternative is defaulting on the nation’s financial obligations.

Obama, DNC Raised Whopping $86 Million in Second Quarter

July 13, 2011

President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined more than $86 million in the second quarter, setting a fundraising record and dominating the 2012 field.

DCCC Robocalls Target Six Republicans on Ethics

July 5, 2011

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today will start dialing voters in the districts of six House Republicans who Democrats claim have had “ethical failures.”

Michele Bachmann Makes It Official

June 27, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) made her 2012 presidential bid official Monday morning in Waterloo, Iowa.

Promoting Palin: ‘The Undefeated’

June 25, 2011

The first thing that's wrong with the new documentary glorifying former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the title. "The Undefeated" profiles Palin's rise as a national heroine to the tea party, but it fails to mention that she's actually been defeated. Setting aside the 2008 presidential race when her party's ticket did not claim the White House, Palin lost a 2002 GOP primary for lieutenant governor.

Perry Asks Activists to Follow Him on ‘Tweeter’

June 20, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) recorded a video greeting thanking Americans for Prosperity for an award recognizing his use of new media to encourage citizen activism in government policy, presented at AFP’s RightOnline convention in Minneapolis.

Allen Primary Rival Makes Palin Film Cameo

June 20, 2011

Former Richmond, Va., tea party leader Jamie Radtke seems to really like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

Allergist Connection an Endorsement for Romney

June 20, 2011

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) might soon have an unlikely ally on the Hill — conservative freshman Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) is likely to endorse his presidential candidacy.

Netroots Straw Poll Shows Obama Still Strong

June 19, 2011

President Barack Obama has a solid approval rating among liberal activists attending the Netroots Nation convention. At the RightOnline conference, it was a different story.

Will Activist Base Really Sit on Sidelines in 2012?

June 18, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — Many of the more than 2,200 liberal activists and bloggers gathered here for Netroots Nation are frustrated. They will vote for President Barack Obama over any Republican on Nov. 6, 2012. But, they say, they don’t have to be happy about it.

Griffith Likes to Go His Way, Even if It’s Odd

June 17, 2011

Morgan Griffith was the first Republican to ever serve as Majority Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, and he loved every second of it. Now, as a freshman Member of Congress, Griffith is "dead last" to speak at hearings, and he has virtually no say in his party's agenda.

Feingold Criticizes Democrats for Forming Super PACs

June 16, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — Ex-Sen. Russ Feingold on Thursday night sharply criticized Democrats for forming super PACs that can take unlimited corporate cash, flatly calling the entities “wrong.”

Between the Lines: New Texas Map Clears Second Legislative Hurdle

June 15, 2011

The Texas House passed a new Congressional map this week, moving the proposal for the state's newly drawn 36 House districts to the state Senate.

Guide to Tea Party Influence in Early States

June 10, 2011

Republican presidential hopefuls are not facing an easy task as they attempt to woo tea party activists for 2012.

American Crossroads Hits DNC Chairwoman

June 8, 2011

Republican-friendly outside group American Crossroads on Wednesday sharply criticized Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) for being “negative.”

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

May 27, 2011

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