Christina Bellantoni (Young Leader 2013)
Political Editor, PBS NewsHour
What do you like most about Switzerland?
It's so hard to pick one thing, but if I am forced to, I would say the crisp, clean air. My lungs never felt so healthy as my week attending the YLC. It was terrific to run outside and relish the great environment! And, of course, the people.
What do you like most about the USA?
The idea that if you dream it up, it's possible.
What defines your leadership style?
I like to help others realize and pursue what they most love doing. In the workplace, I always say you spend most of your day doing that, so you might as well enjoy it. I like to think I am happy and encouraging but also realistic. And generally, I love being part of a team. Go get 'em!
Who inspires you?
Enthusiastic people, people who dream big dreams, people who help others, smart teenagers.
What is your greatest achievement?
Personally, I am so lucky to have achieved many deep friendships all over the world, connections that enrich my life. I have been fortunate to have a lot to be proud of professionally. I guess I would say that at 21, I decided I wanted to get to Washington to cover a presidential race, and by the 2008 campaign that dream was a reality as I traveled through 26 states and Europe with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Do you have any weaknesses?
Time management, overthinking and enumerating, to name a few.
Where do you live?
Washington, DC in the U Street neighborhood, a few blocks from the historic Ben's Chili Bowl.
What is your favorite place in the world?
What is the best book you ever read?
I'm partial to novels because I read so much non-fiction for my day job. Impossible to pick an all-time best, but over the last few years the one that haunted me was A Thousand Splendid Suns. I also really enjoyed 11/22/63, Stephen King's story about a man traveling back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
What is your goal in life?
It's ever-evolving, but at the moment I spend a lot of time following my bliss.
About Christina Bellantoni
Christina Bellantoni will become Editor-in-Chief of Roll Call in January. She is currently Political Editor of the PBS NewsHour. She joined the show in January of 2012 and directs coverage of campaign, White House, and Congressional news and appears on the program for on-air analysis and discussion segments. Christina served as Associate Politics Editor at Roll Call from October 2010 until joining the NewsHour. Prior to her time at Roll Call, Christina was a senior reporter-blogger at Talking Points Memo’s Washington bureau. Before joining TPM, Christina was a White House correspondent for The Washington Times, a post she took after covering the 2008 Presidential campaign. She joined the Times in 2003, covering state and Congressional politics before moving to the national political beat for the 2008 election. Christina began her journalism career in 1998 covering business in her home state of California. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and led a study group for undergraduate students as a fall 2011 Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. When she’s not working, she likes yoga, going to the movies, cooking, and traveling just about anywhere.