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Roll Call’s Bellantoni Lands Harvard Fellowship

Christina Bellantoni‘s smarty-pants stock is on the rise.  The associate politics editor for CQ Roll Call is headed to Cambridge this fall for a fellowship with Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.  Bellantoni was selected as one of six “notable thinkers” who will spend a semester on the Harvard campus to teach undergraduate students tricks of the political trade.

But don’t pull out your barrel-aged Hatorade to toast another CQ Roll Call departure because Bellantoni ain’t going nowhere.  According to a memo from Scott Montgomery, Christina will work from campus September through November. 

“She’ll work remotely on Mondays to help with the Tuesday politics section, take a few web duty shifts and assist with a few special projects. It also means we’ll have one of our best editors stationed in Boston and available to write occasional stories about the GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire or Massachusetts politics,” Montgomery explained in his memo.

At Harvard, Christina will focus on the media echo chamber and presidential politics.  She will also host guests from politics and journalism for off-the-record discussions over the course of the semester.  Congrats to Christina!

Montgomery’s full memo after the jump.

Folks,

I am delighted to announce that Christina Bellantoni has been selected for a fellowship with Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Christina is one of six notable thinkers who have been invited to spend the fall semester on the Harvard campus to discuss the tricks of the political trade. Each fellow will lead a weekly, non-credit study group for undergraduate students within the Kennedy School and hold regular office hours at the Institute of Politics.

What does this mean? It means that in September, October and November, Christina will be away from our newsroom but will still be present in Roll Call. She’ll work remotely on Mondays to help with the Tuesday politics section, take a few web duty shifts and assist with a few special projects. It also means we’ll have one of our best editors stationed in Boston and available to write occasional stories about the GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire or Massachusetts politics.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such a prestigious program,” Christina said, “and am excited to bring back everything I learn to share it with our team.”

Christina’s study group will focus broadly on the media echo chamber and presidential politics, given her experience in Washington and on the campaign trail in 2007 and 2008. She will host distinguished guests from the political and journalism worlds for off-the-record discussions over the course of the semester. The other fellows are: Ron Christie, Tad Devine, Linda Moore Forbes, Steve Grand and Diane Casey-Landry.

Christina and her husband, freelance writer Tom Anderson, will live on campus for the semester and she will return to Roll Call in early December.

Please join me in congratulating Christina on this well-deserved and uniquely noteworthy achievement. We certainly will miss having Christina in the newsroom for a few months, but I’m sure all of you share my excitement for the opportunity and the honor Christina has earned.

Until Christina returns, I look forward to telling people one of Roll Call’s editors is working at Harvard.

Scott Montgomery
Editor, Roll Call

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