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CQ Roll Call Promos Keep on Coming

A memo from David Rapp outlines more promotions at CQ Roll Call:

Dave Meyers will be coming back to the 7th floor as VP of Content Development. Dave will lead a team that will work across departments in editorial to develop features and functionality that heighten our engagement with readers, and to take on a project management role for new editorial projects. 
Tom Whitmire will become director of web and online development, reporting to Dave. Tom has been the unsung hero of‘s growth since the redesign of 2010, but particularly so over the past year. His strategic mindset and technical aptitude have been essential in our ability to conceive, develop and execute new ideas.
Full memo after the jump…
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John Cranford Retires from CQ Roll Call

John Cranford, a long time DC hand who has covered economics and politics for 30 years, is retiring from his job as editor of CQ Weekly, according to an internal memo from Roll Call editor David Rapp. Cranford is leaving the pub to pursue a life-long dream of touring the country’s baseball stadiums.

Cranford worked for the Montgomery County Sentinel before joining CQ in 1984 as a news editor overseeing economics and agriculture. He also worked as tax and economics reporter, copy desk chief, and assistant managing editor, among other positions. He left for Bloomberg News in 1996 to serve as the Economy Team Leader, helping the organization establish its foothold in Washington and reorganizing the European economic desk in Frankfurt, Germany.

In 2003, he came back to CQ and has edited the Weekly ever since. He will leave at the end of the month, but is expected to contribute to the 2013 CQ Almanac due out early next year.

Read the full memo after the jump.

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Bellantoni Snags Roll Call’s Top Edit Job

Christina-Bellantoni_largeFishbowlDC has learned that Roll Call alum Christina Bellantoni will leave her post as Political Editor of PBS Newshour and return to the Capitol Hill rag as Editor-in-Chief.  When she departed Roll Call in 2010, Bellantoni held the position of Associate Politics Editor.

“This feels like coming home. I’m so excited about becoming Editor-in-Chief of Roll Call, which still proudly acts as the pulse of Capitol Hill in the must-read spirit Sid Yudain envisioned nearly 60 years ago,” Bellantoni said in a release the company will issue at noon today. “Roll Call is the best brand in the business of covering Congress and boasts a talented team I can’t wait to work with once more.”

Prior to her first stint at Roll Call, Christina served as White House Correspondent for Talking Points Memo and before that, The Washington Times.

In her new position, Bellantoni will oversee editorial print and digital platforms and report to Chief Content Officer David Rapp.  Congrats Christina!  Full press release after the jump.

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CQ Roll Call Restructure Part Deux

An internal memo from Managing Editor Keith White on the restructure at CQ Roll Call reveals more changes. We already reported on David Rapp‘s promotion to the newly created Chief Content Officer position, but it seems there’s much more to the restructure as well. The unifying theme is a regrouping of resources based on function as opposed to separate business focuses. We also previously reported that VP of Marketing Valerie Voci had been moved to an advisory role. The memo reveals that this is a temporary position, as Voci will be leaving CQ Roll Call shortly to “return to running her own business.”

Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement Peter Anthony has been named Chief Product Officer, overseeing a new combined product and IT team. Anthony will be tasked with developing and designing new products for CQ Roll Call, and identifying new potential markets for new and existing products. Former CTO Dennis Arndt will be advising Anthony, as well as other company leadership, in his new roll.

Meg Hargreaves has also been named Chief Retention Officer and Rick Rockelli is the head of a new, unified Sales and Circulation Marketing team. Read the whole memo after the jump.

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CQ Roll Call Restructure, Rapp Upped

CQ Roll CallCQ Roll Call is restructuring staff to take a more aggressive approach to producing digital content, according to sources inside the pub. The marquee change is the creation of a new position, Chief Content Officer, and the promotion of Roll Call Editor David Rapp to fill the role. Rapp will be the top dog in the newsroom, overseeing content across all of CQ Roll Call’s platforms, with an emphasis on engaging consumers and coordinating Roll Call’s public-facing political coverage with CQ’s professional services.

Rapp moved to Roll Call a year ago from  BGOV, though he did work at CQ prior to that as editor and senior vice president.

Also as part of the reshuffling, Chief Technology Officer Dennis Arndt and Vice President of Marketing Valerie Voci will be moved to advisory roles. There should be more news on the changes at CQ Roll Call coming, so stay tuned for updates.

Roll Call Founder Dies at 90

The founder of Roll Call, Sid Yudain, died Sunday of liver cancer. The former aide to a congressman published the first issue in 1955.

Read more details in the Roll Call story here by Editor David Rapp.

CQ Roll Call Hires a Campus Reporter

CQ Roll Call has hired a new campus reporter, who will report to Hill Life Editor Jason Dick. It’s Hannah Hess, who has wanted to work for Roll Call since 2008, ever since Niels Lesniewski showed her around the Capitol Chambers on her first day as an intern for RC’s GalleryWatch.

Most recently she has been a legislative researcher for CQ Roll Call, which, according to her beautifully organized website, involved combing through the Congressional Record and watching C-SPAN. An interesting factoid from her site: She has been told that her voice is “smolder-y” on AM news radio.

Congrats to Hess.

See the memo from Editor David Rapp…it’s short and sweet. Read more

Roll Call Wants To Take On Defense One

Roll Call has launched a new defense blog — Topic A — which they tell us will feature a mix of “mix of policy analysis, commentary and incisive thought-leader discussions along with content contributed by sponsors.”

Nothing gets readers more excited than thought-leader discussions and sponsored content. But, looking closely at Roll Call’s release, maybe they don’t really care. Publisher Beth Bronder makes it a point to note she believes that “readers and advertisers” are looking for this kind of stuff. She’s probably 50 percent right. Defense is a lucrative advertising niche.

Topic A is being managed independently from the newsroom by Contributing Editors Taegan Goddard and Chris Riback, so the wall between editorial and business is still up for now, sort of. The blog will still draw from regular Roll Call content, it’s in’s header with all the other blogs and it has a big “presented by Boeing” label under the title. Its address? Editor David Rapp says any sponsored content will be clearly labeled, but given the deep integration into the regular site… does it matter?

And if you’re counting, this is blog number twelve at We’d been hearing that a defense-oriented blog was in the works to compete with Atlantic Media‘s still-to-launch Defense One, and it looks like this might be it. But judging from the team Defense One has already put together, competing with them is going to be a tall order—especially when advertisers are creating the content.

Roll Call Reporters Get New Beats

With the recent departures at CQ Roll Call, reporters are being shifted around the newsroom.

Today’s memo from Roll Call Editor David Rapp announces the news of two reporters taking on new assignments. They are Emma Dumain, who is moving from the campus beat to House leadership reporter, and Emily Cahn, who moves from the publication’s Hill Life section to the politics team.

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Newsflash to Five Roll Call Scribes: Say Hello to Your New Boss

Five Roll Call reporters  received word Wednesday that they now have a new boss. Instead of Editor David Rapp, they’ll now report to a different editor. What’s more: Their work will now be behind a paywall as it appears on

The big switch is part of a plan to realign resources and inject them into the overall digital operation. As sources inside the publication explained to FishbowlDC, the move allows the company to lower Roll Call‘s operating costs while they avoid laying off employees. Hypothetically speaking, insiders explain the shift could help if The Economist Group decides to sell or close Roll Call (athough they have not indicated there is no plan to do either).

Despite the fact that the two newsrooms are now fully integrated, confusion among readers still exists as some Roll Call reporters are still resisting the idea of having CQ invade their Roll Call. But they’ll have to adjust. Stories bylined by these reporters will still appear in the Roll Call print edition. If you’re a subscriber, all Roll Call stories appear on In turn,  CQ stories pertaining to policy news of the day appear on and the Roll Call print edition.

CQ Roll Call sources tell us tensions are high as some of the affected reporters were less than enthused by the initial news. Some of those called on to make the switch include White House Correspondent Steven Dennis, who is switching bosses but will continue to maintain his regular beat as a CQ Roll Call reporter, House Leadership reporter Daniel Newhauser and Humberto Sanchez, who covers the Senate. Others affected include Adriel Bettelheim, who will write a new CQ Morning Briefing newsletter that starts Monday, Kate Ackley, and Eliza Carney.

CQ Roll Call brass considers the move to be positive. In a memo dispatched to staff Thursday from Susan Benkelman

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