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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:

Daley’s Donations Reflect Moderate, Pro-Business Views

Jan. 12, 2011

President Barack Obama’s new chief of staff wasn’t always so confident about his new boss — William Daley donated to Obama’s 2004 Senate primary rival Dan Hynes.

Palin: Media Manufacturing ‘Blood Libel’ After Arizona Shootings

Jan. 12, 2011

Speaking for the first time about the weekend shootings in Tucson, Ariz., former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said she’s been saddened by “irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event,” complained about the media and suggested a new legislative proposal would limit free speech.

On the Air, Nothing Has Changed

Jan. 10, 2011

As the nation reflected on the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, everyday politics remained frozen for official Washington. But on the airwaves and among left- and right-leaning activists, there was no cease-fire.

‘An Attack on All Who Serve’

Jan. 9, 2011

The stunning Tucson, Ariz., ambush during the most basic act of democracy — a Congresswoman meeting with constituents back home — has illuminated an ugly breakdown in American political discourse.

Kentucky Democrats Launch iPhone App

Jan. 5, 2011

The Kentucky Democratic Party is the first in the nation to offer supporters an iPhone application.

Buck Has Second Thoughts on Tea Party

Jan. 5, 2011

Losing Senate candidate Ken Buck of Colorado told Politico that the tea party groups that helped fuel his challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet don’t rival the state Democrats’ organization.

President’s Re-Election Transition Begins With OFA Layoffs

Jan. 3, 2011

The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America has started laying off staff in multiple states as the first phase of a restructuring before the official kickoff of President Barack Obama’s re-election bid.

Goolsbee Calls GOP’s Debt Limit Threat ‘Insanity’

Jan. 2, 2011

President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser said Sunday that Republicans are “playing chicken” with a threat to vote against raising the debt ceiling and warned that failing to increase it would be “catastrophic.”

Obama Promises to Work With GOP in New Year

Jan. 1, 2011

President Barack Obama rang in the new year with a national message highlighting the incoming 112th Congress, saying he is willing to work with Republicans to boost the economy and create jobs.

Could Reapportionment Help Losing Democrats?

Dec. 29, 2010

The new Congressional map being created following the latest census could give some defeated Democrats their best chance at a comeback in 2012.

Christine O’Donnell: Investigation an ‘Establishment Trick’

Dec. 29, 2010

Christine O’Donnell says in statement that investigation into her campaign is “establishment trick.”

Pelosi Fundraising to ‘Protect the Progress We Have Made’

Dec. 28, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has an outgoing New Year’s Eve wish, asking House campaign supporters to give money to fight back against “shameful attack ads” that use her to target vulnerable Democrats.

Joe Miller Won’t Block Murkowski Certification

Dec. 27, 2010

Tea partyer steps aside so Alaska Senator can be seated.

Florida Republicans Want Jeb Bush to Challenge Nelson

Dec. 27, 2010

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the strong favorite among Republican voters to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in 2012, a new Public Policy Polling survey shows.

Coats Lambastes Congress for Handling of Lame Duck

Dec. 23, 2010

Sen.-elect Dan Coats on Thursday attacked Congress for its performance during the lame-duck session, and warned that the incoming class of Members “are watching” and will do things differently next year.

Chicago Officials Give Emanuel Thumbs Up for Ballot

Dec. 23, 2010

Former Rep. Rahm Emanuel won a key victory in his quest to get on the ballot for Chicago’s Feb. 22 mayoral race, with local officials ruling that he meets residency requirements needed for candidacy.

DCCC, DSCC Press Aides Moving On

Dec. 23, 2010

Two top staffers for the Democratic campaign committees in the House and Senate announced Thursday they are leaving their positions.

Obama: Votes Prove Congress Isn’t Doomed to Gridlock

Dec. 22, 2010

Congress has had “the most productive post-election period that we’ve had in decades,” President Barack Obama said Wednesday afternoon, declaring that the lame-duck session has been a “season of progress for the American people.”

Obama Tells GOP It’s Had Enough Time on START

Dec. 18, 2010

In his weekly national address, President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, saying Republicans should “show the same spirit of common purpose on our security” they showed in achieving a compromise on extending tax cuts.

Women Saying ‘No’ to Palin?

Dec. 15, 2010

A new poll conducted for the liberal women’s group EMILY’s List found female voters would overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama’s re-election bid if he were running against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Club for Growth Floats Porker Primaries Idea

Dec. 15, 2010

The conservative Club for Growth, which got involved in GOP primaries in 2010, issued a warning Wednesday for Republican Members of Congress who back a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that includes earmarks.

Rangel Hints He’ll Retire in 2012

Dec. 13, 2010

Following his censure by the House, Rep. Charlie Rangel is suddenly noting his age when talking about his future.

Report: Christine O’Donnell Won’t Be on Fox After All

Dec. 10, 2010

Fox is disputing what Christine O’Donnell says about a guest-host stint on the network.

O’Donnell Gets in Conservative Underdogs’ Corner

Dec. 8, 2010

Christine O’Donnell wants to help other conservatives take on establishment Republicans, so she’s starting a new political action committee to help inexperienced candidates with a “passion” for conservative values avoid making the mistakes that tripped up her campaign this year.

Sen.-Elect Ron Johnson Does Debt Fundraiser

Dec. 1, 2010

Sen.-elect Ron Johnson (R), who unseated Sen. Russ Feingold (D), is holding a “Debt Retirement Lunch” next week with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

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