Christina Bellantoni is the incoming Editor-in-Chief at Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill since 1955.
She’s returning to her old stomping grounds after a two year stint as Politics Editor at the PBS NewsHour. She joined that team in January 2012, just in time for the Iowa caucuses. She directed coverage of campaign, White House and congressional news and appeared on the program for on-air analysis. She led a team that delivered more than 31 hours of broadcast coverage during the political conventions, in addition to a 24-hour livestream.
Bellantoni came to the NewsHour after more than a year working as an associate politics editor at Roll Call, where she wrote about national politics, worked with reporters to craft enterprise projects, led the creation of a new series of freshman profiles and helped enhance the newspaper’s social media presence. An archive of her Roll Call portfolio is here, and her television appearances are here.
While working full time for Roll Call, Bellantoni led a study group for undergraduate students as an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in fall 2011.
From October 2009 until October 2010, Bellantoni worked as a senior reporter-blogger in Talking Points Memo’s Washington bureau covering the White House and Washington at large. She helped launch a major expansion for TPM, getting the political news site into the White House Correspondents Association and the White House press pool. An archive of her posts from TPM can be found here.
Before joining TPM, Bellantoni was a White House correspondent for The Washington Times, a post she took after covering the 2008 Democratic presidential campaigns. She joined The Times in December 2003, covering state and Congressional politics before moving to the national political beat for the 2008 campaign. An archive of her Bellantoni on Politics blog can be found here.
Bellantoni moved to Washington after covering local politics in California. A San Jose native, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Mass Communications in 2001. Her first journalism job was for the San Jose Business Journal in 1998, working in the research department to put together data for the “Book of Lists.”
She won two national journalism awards for Best Scoop in 2001 for her story in Silicon Valley Biz Ink revealing the San Jose Sharks were up for sale. Her stories for the Palo Alto Daily News in 2002 and 2003 won several Bay Area journalism awards.
She is represented for speaking engagements by Keppler Speakers.