Roll Call

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Roll Call
Type Periodical newspaper
Format Newspaper
Owner(s) The Economist Group
Founder(s) Sid Yudain
Editor Kris Viesselman[1]
Founded June 16, 1955
Political alignment Nonpartisan
Headquarters 1625 Eye Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
Circulation 30.786 (June 2017)
Senator Tim Wirth reading an issue of Roll Call in 1991

Roll Call is a newspaper and website published in Washington, D.C., United States, when the United States Congress is in session. 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, David Hawkings, and Nathan L. Gonzales.

Roll Call has an online version as well,[2] 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.[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 serving as 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: 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] Roll Call's parent company.

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

Congressional Baseball Game[edit]

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 staff[edit]

Notable Roll Call alums[edit]


  1. ^ Call, CQ Roll. "CQ Roll Call Names Kris Viesselman Roll Call Editor in Chief". 
  2. ^ "Roll Call - Covering Capitol Hill Since 1955". Retrieved 2017-11-19. 
  3. ^ Weber, Bruce (2013-10-26). "Sid Yudain, 90, Dies; Created Congress's Community Newspaper". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  4. ^ Schudel, Matt (2013-10-22). "Sid Yudain, founder of Roll Call, dies at 90". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  5. ^ a b c Rapp, David (2013-10-21). "Roll Call Founder Sid Yudain Dies at 90". Roll Call. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  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
  8. ^ Call, CQ Roll. "CQ Roll Call Names Bloomberg's Steven Komarow as CQ News Director and VP". Retrieved 2018-02-09. 
  9. ^ Ackley, Kate (23 October 2017). "The Rise of Women Political Donors in the Age of Trump". CQ magazine. Retrieved 18 Nov 2017. 
  10. ^ Adams, Rebecca. "Energy Legislation". CSPAN. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  11. ^ Roll Call Staff. "Roll Call's Eric Garcia Honored by Autism Advocacy Group". Roll Call. The Economist Group. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "David Hawkings: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  13. ^ "Covering History's Cross-Currents". Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  14. ^ "David Hawkings |". Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  15. ^ "Roll Call - Covering Capitol Hill Since 1955". Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  16. ^ Malone Kircher, Madison (25 July 2016). "The DNC Email Leak Has a Viral Hero: Pablo". New York Magazine. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  17. ^ Moore, Jack (24 July 2016). "Politics Working at the DNC Sounds Very Cool (Except Not at All)". GQ. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  18. ^ Ohlheiser, Abby. "What to expect when a WikiLeaks dump turns you into an Internet folk hero". Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  19. ^ Scanlan, Bill. "Research and Development Tax Credit Legislation". CSPAN. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 
  20. ^ Swain, Susan. "Newsmakers with Rep Mark Walker and Roll Call's Lindsey McPherson". CSPAN Newsmakers. Retrieved 19 November 2017. 

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