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Debra Bruno


Debra Bruno oversees a staff of four reporters, two editorial assistants, and three interns and is in charge of Roll Call’s Around the Hill feature section, as well as Heard on the Hill and campus coverage. She also runs Roll Call’s internship program and chooses candidates for spots three times a year. She has been at Roll Call since 2008.

Before coming to Roll Call, Bruno was a senior editor at Legal Times, where she was responsible for the paper’s legal business and lobbying coverage. In addition, she wrote a monthly column, “Balancing Act,” about women and the law, and edited the paper’s After Hours cultural section. Before Legal Times, she was a senior editor at Moment, a bi-monthly Jewish magazine. For many years, Bruno taught English and journalism at the college level, most recently at the George Washington University.

A freelance writer, Bruno regularly reviews books for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her essays, articles and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and other publications.

Bruno no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Debra Bruno:

Black Calls for ‘New Approach’ to Prosperity

March 5, 2011

Rep. Diane Black called on President Barack Obama to create a “new approach” to improving the country’s job situation by cutting “unnecessary spending.”

Portman Slams Obama’s Budget

Feb. 26, 2011

Sen. Rob Portman said Saturday that it was not the Republicans’ goal to shut down the federal government but to cut spending and improve the climate for job growth.

Nothing ‘Easy’ About Show on Life and Death

Jan. 14, 2011

Arena Stage has packaged a powerful one-woman play as an extended discussion about health care policy. But don’t let that stop you. Anna Deavere Smith, in “Let Me Down Easy,” lures the audience into a moving examination of life, death, human existence, suffering and pain — and just about everything in between.

Pitts Honors Service Members, ‘Simple Acts of Kindness’ in Weekly Address

Dec. 24, 2010

In the weekly Republican radio address, Rep. Joe Pitts honored American service members “who raise their hands and volunteer for extraordinary tasks in the defense of freedom.”

McConnell Calls on Congress to Halt the Expiration of Tax Cuts

Nov. 20, 2010

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Congress on Saturday to halt the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts.




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