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.
Stories by Christina Bellantoni:
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.
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 nations mood to the election in 1968.
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.
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 wont be as much fun as 2008.
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.
Sept. 19, 2011
Organizers of the Netroots Nation conference of liberal activists and bloggers are using Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warrens candidacy to help drum up support for an online auction to benefit next years event, to be held in Providence, R.I.
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.
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.
Sept. 7, 2011
Sharron Angle, the failed 2010 Republican nominee for Senate, voted early in Nevadas special election before hopping on the Tea Party Express bus tour across the country.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2011
With all the talk of punting and passing when it comes to lifting the nations debt ceiling, its pretty clear no one wants to own the deficit debate in 2012. But if polling is any indication, everyone just might.
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.
July 20, 2011
Rep. Michele Bachmann released a new statewide television ad highlighting for Iowa voters for the second time that she wont support increasing the nations debt ceiling.
July 19, 2011
Rep. Michele Bachmann on Tuesday acknowledged that she experiences migraine headaches but insisted the ailment has not affected her job performance.
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 months critical test.
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 nations financial obligations.
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.
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.
June 27, 2011
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) made her 2012 presidential bid official Monday morning in Waterloo, Iowa.
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.
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.
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 AFPs RightOnline convention in Minneapolis.
June 20, 2011
Former Richmond, Va., tea party leader Jamie Radtke seems to really like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).