Roll Call

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Roll Call
Type Periodical newspaper
Format Newspaper
Owner(s) The Economist Group
Founder(s) Sid Yudain
Editor Christina Bellantoni[1]
Founded June 16, 1955
Political alignment Nonpartisan
Headquarters 77 K Street NE
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002
Circulation 18,937[2] (December 2012)

Roll Call is a newspaper published in Washington, D.C., United States, from Monday to Friday when the United States Congress is in session and on Mondays only during recess. Roll Call reports news of legislative and political maneuverings on Capitol Hill, as well as political coverage of congressional elections across the country. In addition to breaking news, the paper features analysts such as Morton M. Kondracke, Stuart Rothenberg and David Hawkings., the online version of the newspaper, features breaking news stories and daily e-mail alerts and award winning photojournalism.

Roll Call was founded in 1955 by Sid Yudain, who was working as a press secretary to Congressman Al Morano (R-Conn.) at the time.[3][4] Yudain published the inaugural issue on June 16, 1955, with an initial printing of 10,000 copies.[5] In 1986, Yudain sold Roll Call to Arthur Levitt, who was the chairman of the American Stock Exchange at the time of the sale.[5] Yudain continued to work as a columnist at Roll Call after the sale.[5] The Economist Group acquired Roll Call in 1993.[6]

Today, Roll Call is the flagship publication of CQ Roll Call, which also operates: Congressional Quarterly (CQ), a publisher of print and online daily and weekly news about Congress and politics. Roll Call merged with CQ in 2009 after the latter company was purchased by The Economist Group,[7] Roll Call's parent company. Other members of The Economist Group include The Economist, European Voice, and Capitol Advantage.

Every issue, 11,500 copies of Roll Call are delivered to Congress and 400 copies are delivered to the White House free of charge. The publication's motto is "The Newspaper of Capitol Hill Since 1955."

Prominent former and current staffers


  1. Roll Call gets new editor: PBS’s Christina Bellantoni
  2. "Roll Call Business Publication Circulation Statement". BPA Worldwide. December 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Weber, Bruce (2013-10-26). "Sid Yudain, 90, Dies; Created Congress's Community Newspaper". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Schudel, Matt (2013-10-22). "Sid Yudain, founder of Roll Call, dies at 90". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Rapp, David (2013-10-21). "Roll Call Founder Sid Yudain Dies at 90". Roll Call. Retrieved 2013-11-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Levitt Set To Sell Stake In Roll Call; SEC Pick Said Talking With the Economist
  7. The Guardian, "The Economist Group Buys Congressional Quarterly", July 22, 2009

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