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Roll Call is a newspaper and website published in Washington, D.C., United States, when the United States Congress is in session. Established in 1955, 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 Kate Ackley, Niels Lesniewski, Stuart Rothenberg, and Nathan L. Gonzales.

Roll Call
TypePeriodical newspaper
Founder(s)Sid Yudain
EditorEd Timms
FoundedJune 16, 1955
Political alignmentNonpartisan
Headquarters1625 Eye Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
Circulation30.786 (June 2017)
Senator Tim Wirth reading an issue of Roll Call in 1991

Roll Call has an online version as well,[1] publishing in-depth features, breaking news stories, infographics, award-winning photojournalism, original video series, and over a dozen email newsletters.

In 2017, Roll Call's regular columnists are Walter Shapiro, Jonathan Allen, Mary Curtis, and Patricia Murphy.

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.[2][3] Yudain published the inaugural issue on June 16, 1955, with an initial printing of 10,000 copies.[4] In 1986, Yudain sold Roll Call to Arthur Levitt, who was serving as the chairman of the American Stock Exchange at the time of the sale.[4] Yudain continued to work as a columnist at Roll Call after the sale.[4] The Economist Group acquired Roll Call in 1993.[5] In July 2018, a deal was announced for CQ Roll Call to be acquired by FiscalNote.[6]

Today, Roll Call is the flagship publication of CQ Roll Call, which also operates: CQ (formerly Congressional Quarterly), publisher of a subscriber-based service for daily and weekly news about Congress and politics, as well as a weekly magazine. Roll Call merged with CQ in 2009 after the latter company was purchased by The Economist Group.[7]

Every issue of Roll Call is delivered to Congress and to the White House free of charge.


Congressional Baseball GameEdit

In 1962, Roll Call began sponsoring the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. In 1965, the first Roll Call Trophy was awarded—to the Republican team, which was the first team to win three games since Roll Call began its sponsorship. Since then, a new trophy has been awarded to the next team that wins three games (over the next three, four, or five years), following the year in which the most recent trophy was awarded. Roll Call also sponsors the Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame.

Notable Roll Call staffEdit

  • Catalina Camia, Vice President and Editor for CQ New
  • Kate Ackley, lobbying reporter for Roll Call and CQ magazine[8]
  • Rebecca Adams, senior health care editor for Roll Call[9]
  • Bridget Bowman, politics reporter for Roll Call
  • Eric Garcia, campaigns reporter for Roll Call[10]
  • John M. Donnelly, senior writer for Roll Call and CQ magazine
  • Stuart Rothenberg, political analyst for Roll Call
  • Nathan Gonzales, senior election analyst for Roll Call
  • Pablo Manriquez, communications director for Roll Call and CQ magazine[11][12][13]
  • Lindsey McPherson, congressional correspondent for Roll Call[14][15]
  • Simone Pathé, politics reporter for Roll Call
  • Walter Shapiro, opinion writer for Roll Call and professor of political science at Yale University
  • Ed Timms, Editor & Vice President of Roll Call
  • John T. Bennett, White House correspondent for Roll Call

Notable Roll Call alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Roll Call - Covering Capitol Hill Since 1955". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Weber, Bruce (October 26, 2013). "Sid Yudain, 90, Dies; Created Congress's Community Newspaper". New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  3. ^ Schudel, Matt (October 22, 2013). "Sid Yudain, founder of Roll Call, dies at 90". Washington Post. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Rapp, David (October 21, 2013). "Roll Call Founder Sid Yudain Dies at 90". Roll Call. Retrieved November 17, 2013.
  5. ^ Levitt Set To Sell Stake In Roll Call; SEC Pick Said Talking With the Economist
  6. ^ Calderone, Michael (July 25, 2018). "Economist Group to sell CQ Roll Call to FiscalNote". Politico.
  7. ^ The Guardian, "The Economist Group Buys Congressional Quarterly", July 22, 2009
  8. ^ Ackley, Kate (October 23, 2017). "The Rise of Women Political Donors in the Age of Trump". CQ magazine. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  9. ^ Adams, Rebecca. "Energy Legislation". CSPAN. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Roll Call Staff. "Roll Call's Eric Garcia Honored by Autism Advocacy Group". Roll Call. The Economist Group. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Malone Kircher, Madison (July 25, 2016). "The DNC Email Leak Has a Viral Hero: Pablo". New York Magazine. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Moore, Jack (July 24, 2016). "Politics Working at the DNC Sounds Very Cool (Except Not at All)". GQ. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Ohlheiser, Abby. "What to expect when a WikiLeaks dump turns you into an Internet folk hero". Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Scanlan, Bill. "Research and Development Tax Credit Legislation". CSPAN. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  15. ^ Swain, Susan. "Newsmakers with Rep Mark Walker and Roll Call's Lindsey McPherson". CSPAN Newsmakers. Retrieved November 19, 2017.

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