Roll Call

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Roll Call
TypePeriodical newspaper
Format Newspaper
Owner(s) FiscalNote
Founder(s) Sid Yudain
EditorEd Timms
FoundedJune 16, 1955
Political alignment Nonpartisan
Language American English
Headquarters1625 Eye Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
CountryUnited States
Circulation 30,786 (June 2017)
OCLC number 44314138
Senator Tim Wirth reading an issue of Roll Call in 1991 Senator Tim Wirth reading Roll Call.jpg
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, reporting news of legislative and political maneuverings on Capitol Hill, as well as political coverage of congressional elections across the country.


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's regular columnists are Walter Shapiro, Mary Curtis, Patricia Murphy, and Stu Rothenberger.


Roll Call was founded in 1955 by Sid Yudain, a press secretary to Congressman Al Morano (R-Conn.). [1] [2] The inaugural issue of the newspaper was published on June 16, 1955, with an initial printing of 10,000 copies. [3] Richard Nixon, then Vice President of the United States, wrote a letter to Yudain congratulating him on the new venture. Nixon's letter ran on the front page of the inaugural issue.

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. [3] Yudain continued to work as a columnist at Roll Call after the sale. [3]

The Economist Group acquired Roll Call in 1993. [4] Roll Call merged with CQ in 2009 after the latter company was purchased by The Economist Group. [5]

In July 2018, a deal was announced for CQ Roll Call to be acquired by FiscalNote. [6]

Brand franchises

"Heard on the Hill"

In January 1988, Roll Call launched the "Heard on the Hill" column, which covers the intrigue of life and work in and around Capitol Hill. Alex Gangitano wrote Heard on the Hill from 2014 to 2018 before leaving to cover lobbying for The Hill. [7] On 30 April 2019, Roll Call announced the current Heard on the Hill writing team of Clyde McGrady and Kathryn Lyons. [8]

Congressional Baseball Game

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

Notable Roll Call alumni

Political Theater Podcast

Political Theater Podcast is a Roll Call podcast hosted by Jason Dick. [19]

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