December 2, 2013

Christina Bellantoni, the political editor of “PBS Newshour,” will take over as editor-in-chief of storied Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, according to an announcement today from parent group CQ Roll Call.

David Rapp, the chief content officer of CQ Roll Call and the outgoing editor of Roll Call, notes, “She has the experience and the leadership skills we want to take our high-octane staff to the next level of excellence and our publications to the next level of service for our readers on Capitol Hill. Her success in implementing new and creative vehicles for political news here and at the Newshour makes her a perfect fit for this role.”

According to the company, Bellantoni will “oversee all editorial print and digital platforms for Roll Call with a charge to drive digital growth, expand online content and engagement, and reach new audiences.”

In other words, the same exact imperative that all the other Capitol Hill publications are pursuing. As noted in this space previously, Roll Call’s response to the competitive threat posed by Politico was slow-footed and ineffective. It wasn’t till a year ago that Roll Call demolished its traffic-depressing paywall and consolidated two publications under the banner of Roll Call.

Bellantoni has deep familiarity with Roll Call subject matter, having covered politics for the Washington Times, Talking Points Memo and Roll Call itself, where she covered the 2010 midterm elections.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.