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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Feb. 11, 2011

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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.

DCCC Website Asks, ‘Where Are the Jobs?’

Feb. 9, 2011

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put up a website Wednesday asking Republican House leaders, “Where are the jobs?”

Cantwell’s Got Cash for Re-Election Race

Feb. 9, 2011

Sen. Maria Cantwell had about half a million dollars in the bank at the end of 2010 as she gears up for a re-election bid.

Social Media Goes Viral on Capitol Hill

Feb. 6, 2011

When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) decided to run for Minority Leader after Democrats lost the House in November, she wanted to get the news out fast and cast a wide net. So she tweeted it.

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Feb. 2, 2011

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DCCC’s Early Salvo Hits 19 Republicans

Jan. 31, 2011

Less than a month into the 112th Congress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going on the airwaves with ads aimed at 19 House Republicans it hopes to unseat in 2012.

Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Monday Afternoon

Jan. 30, 2011

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Dueling Addresses Highlight Wisconsin Businesses

Jan. 29, 2011

President Barack Obama kept up his “win the future” theme from the State of the Union speech in his weekly address, outlining his plans for clean energy projects.

Blue Dogs File Bill to Stop Gerrymandering

Jan. 26, 2011

Blue Dog Democratic Reps. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) and Heath Shuler (N.C.) on Wednesday filed a bill aimed at reforming the redistricting process in the states.

Broun’s Response to SOTU: Obama Believes in ‘Socialism’

Jan. 25, 2011

Georgia Republican tweets his dissatisfaction with Obama.

Watch White House’s ‘Enhanced’ State of the Union Live

Jan. 25, 2011

The White House is trying something different, adding charts to the SOTU live stream.

Report: Rahm Emanuel Taken Off Chicago Ballot

Jan. 24, 2011

Appeals court boots the former White House chief of staff from the mayoral ballot.

When Talk Radio Talks, Congress Listens

Jan. 21, 2011

Welcome to Congress in the echo-chamber age, where outside influencers have an increasing sway on how Members shape their agenda.

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Jan. 21, 2011

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Republican Senate Race Heating Up in Virginia

Jan. 18, 2011

Tea party Senate candidate Jamie Radtke is calling on her former boss, ex-Sen. George Allen, to meet her in a series of forums leading up to the Virginia GOP primary.

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