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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:

Virginia Poll Shows Kaine, Allen Neck and Neck

March 1, 2011

A new poll of Virginia voters suggests a Senate race between ex-Sen. George Allen (R) and former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) would be “about as much of a toss up as it could be.”

Pawlenty Heaps Praise on Tea Party (VIDEO)

March 1, 2011

A “Tea-Paw” production.

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Feb. 28, 2011

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Off-Year Elections Mean Redistricting Head Start for Four States

Feb. 28, 2011

Each state will go through redistricting this year, but four of them will tackle the process early thanks to off-year elections. Virginia, New Jersey, Louisiana and Mississippi could not be more different when it comes to drawing new lines for Members and state legislative districts.

Christine O’Donnell Passes on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Feb. 28, 2011

Tea party darling says no, will focus on her book instead.

Ron Paul’s ‘Money Bomb’ Sends Him to N.H.

Feb. 24, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) told supporters his Presidents Day “money bomb” raised $730,000 and that he will boost his political travel in the coming weeks.

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Thursday Afternoon

Feb. 23, 2011

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DCCC Doing Phone Calls in 50 GOP Districts

Feb. 23, 2011

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Wednesday announced a new push using automated and live phone calls, Web ads and e-mails in the districts of 50 House Republicans.

Poll: Two California Democrats in Close Special Election Contest

Feb. 22, 2011

Roll Call obtains a first look at a new Progressive Change Campaign Committee poll of the special election in California.

Ron Paul Plans ‘Money Bomb’

Feb. 21, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is keeping himself in the mix for another White House bid with plans for a Presidents Day “money bomb.”

Kaine Keeps Democrats Waiting

Feb. 19, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. — The most loyal Virginia Democrats attending the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraising dinner here claim they are willing to wait for Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine to make up his mind. Kaine promised Saturday night that he won’t try their patience.

Virginia Democrat: Allen Could Lose GOP Primary

Feb. 19, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. — Rep. Bobby Scott has some advice for ex-Sen. George Allen as the Republican tries to mount a comeback Senate bid in Virginia: Don’t get too confident.

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript (Stu Rothenberg)

Feb. 18, 2011

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Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A With Stu Rothenberg Thursday

Feb. 16, 2011

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Barbour Fundraiser On Tap for March 2 in D.C.

Feb. 16, 2011

Potential presidential hopeful Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) will be in Washington, D.C., on March 2 for a fundraiser benefiting his political action committee.

Club for Growth Raises $100,000 for Flake

Feb. 16, 2011

The Club for Growth political action committee said Wednesday that members had already donated $100,000 toward Rep. Jeff Flake’s (Ariz.) days-old Senate campaign.

Former N.H. Candidate Buying TV Stations

Feb. 16, 2011

The New Hampshire Journal reported that 2010 Republican Senate candidate Bill Binnie is purchasing a TV station, which could be operating by April.

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Feb. 15, 2011

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Ron Paul Headed to Iowa

Feb. 15, 2011

Rep. Ron Paul told political supporters Tuesday that he will be making two trips to Iowa in the coming weeks, stoking speculation that the libertarian favorite is poised to mount another presidential bid.

Gillibrand Has $615,000 in Cash on Hand

Feb. 14, 2011

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) had $615,000 in the bank at the end of the year to prepare for her 2012 re-election bid.

Obama to Host Members of DNC at White House

Feb. 14, 2011

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host a party for Democratic National Committee members on Feb. 25, the second day of the party’s three-day winter meeting.

DNC Video Samples CPAC Lines to Show ‘Past Versus Future’

Feb. 13, 2011

Democratic National Committee portrays GOP as living in the past.

Maine Tea Partyer Announces Candidacy Against Snowe

Feb. 11, 2011

Andrew Ian Dodge said at CPAC that he will run.

Conservative Dinner Fundraises With a Trio of Joes

Feb. 11, 2011

Got $2,012? If so, the conservative Campaign to Defeat President Barack Obama will let you in “an exclusive private dinner” with three men named Joe who have attempted to be a thorn in the president’s side.

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Live From CPAC Friday Afternoon

Feb. 11, 2011

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