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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:

Protesters Go After Brown at Book Signing

April 11, 2011

When Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) signed copies of his book at the Colonial Inn on Saturday in Concord, he was greeted with people holding signs urging him to support environmental legislation and campaign finance reform.

Santorum Wins South Carolina Straw Poll

April 11, 2011

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R) won a presidential straw poll over the weekend at an event hosted by the Greenville County Republican Party in South Carolina.

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Thursday — Government Shutdown Edition

April 7, 2011

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NRCC Gives Reagan Award to Cheney

April 6, 2011

The National Republican Congressional Committee honored former Vice President Dick Cheney last week at its annual fundraising dinner. Cheney attended the soiree, which raised more than $10 million for House campaigns.

Rand Paul Drops 2012 Hints in Iowa

April 4, 2011

Sen. Rand Paul visited Iowa over the weekend, leaving open the possibility of running for president in 2012, Radio Iowa reported.

Obama Makes 2012 Re-Election Bid Official (VIDEO)

April 4, 2011

The president tells supporters he’s seeking a second term.

New York Special Election Ballot Set

April 1, 2011

Candidate David Bellavia did not qualify for the May 24 special election ballot, New York officials said Friday.

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April 1, 2011

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Kathy Dahlkemper Might Run for Old Pa. Seat

March 31, 2011

Defeated Democrat says she is considering a rematch in 2012.

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Thursday Afternoon

March 31, 2011

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Donnelly Eyes Senate; Walorski to Run Again

March 30, 2011

Rep. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) has been hinting to local press that he would mount a bid against Sen. Dick Lugar (R) instead of running for governor as many had expected.

Environmental Group Gives Bowen the Nod

March 30, 2011

The California League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Secretary of State Debra Bowen for the special House election in the 36th district.

Kuster Will Run Again for House Seat

March 29, 2011

Annie Kuster told supporters Tuesday she will challenge Rep. Charles Bass (R-N.H.) again in the 2nd district in 2012, a race that will be a top target for Democrats.

Obama Re-Election Campaign Secures HQ

March 28, 2011

President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort will be based at One Prudential Plaza, a secure skyscraper in Chicago, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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March 28, 2011

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Ed Case to Decide About Hawaii Senate Bid Soon

March 27, 2011

Former Rep. Ed Case told supporters in an email late Saturday that he will decide by mid-April whether to go “all-in” and run for Hawaii’s open Senate seat.

Geraldine Ferraro Dies at 75

March 26, 2011

Geraldine Ferraro, the nation’s first female vice presidential nominee for a major political party, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 75.

RNC Has $21 Million in Debt

March 20, 2011

The Republican National Committee was $21 million in debt in February, a stark figure illustrating the deep hole the party must dig out from following a rocky financial year.

Veepstakes Kick Off: 14 Capitol Hill Contenders

March 20, 2011

The Congressional bench is deep when it comes to the No. 2 slot on the ticket to challenge President Barack Obama. The following Members of Congress are likely to be on any nominee’s longish short list for vice-presidential contenders come 2012.

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March 17, 2011

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Indiana: Gov. Mitch Daniels Is Backing Lugar

March 14, 2011

Sen. Dick Lugar has at least one top state Republican on his side in his GOP primary fight against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Nation: DSCC Asks Supporters to Pick New Slogan

March 14, 2011

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is asking supporters to help choose a new slogan that it will slap on a car magnet for the 2012 election cycle.

Wisconsin: Everyone Wants Piece of Unions Fight

March 14, 2011

As the fight over the Wisconsin budget has been largely resolved, the political battle continues. Case in point — a Google search for “Wisconsin unions” pulls up four paid political ads.

Tim Kaine ‘Likely’ to Run for Senate

March 14, 2011

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said Monday that he is 'likely' to seek the seat of retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D), but stopped short of outright announcing a campaign.

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March 14, 2011

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