Roll Call Adds Five Staffers Under New Editor Henneberger


WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2015) – CQ Roll Call, an Economist Group business, announced a new editorial team at Roll Call under Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger.

“I’m so proud to announce the addition of these excellent journalists  — two senior editors and three new reporters — to Roll Call’s roster, with more new hires to be announced soon,” Henneberger said today in a note to staff.

Phyllis W. Jordan joins the newspaper as congressional editor. Jordan brings more than two decades of journalism experience to the position, including stints as an editor at The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. She also spent four years as a congressional and Pentagon correspondent for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. As an editor at The Post, she supervised coverage of Maryland congressional races, including the elections of Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, and the Senate race pitting Ben Cardin against Michael Steele. She holds a master’s from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Sweet Briar College.

Roll Call’s new political editor is Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning journalist and teacher. She was national correspondent for AOL’s Politics Daily, a contributor to The Washington Post’s “She the People” blog, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Previously, she worked as an editor at The New York Times and executive features editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Charlotte Observer.

“One of the many attractions of having Melinda join us was her ability to attract great talent,” CQ Roll Call Chief Content Officer David Ellis said. “Today she¹s announcing the arrival of a set of experienced, first-class journalists to broaden Roll Call’s appeal — and there’s more to come.”

Jordan and Curtis join an experienced editing team that consists of Jason Dick as Capitol Hill editor and managing editor John Helton, the former CNN senior producer for politics who joined Roll Call last summer.

Stephanie Akin joins Roll Call as a staff writer. During her 12 years in the business, Akin has covered national stories including the Sandy Hook school shootings, the George Washington Bridge lane closure investigation and the political corruption trials stemming from the FBI “operation bid rig” bribery and money laundering sting. She was most recently a general assignment reporter at The Record in northern New Jersey, where she specialized in profiles, analysis and news features that put breaking stories into context.

Staff writer Eric Garcia comes to Roll Call from National Journal, where he was a staff correspondent covering politics and reporting on financial regulation. His work has also appeared in publications including the Southern Political Report and the New Republic. One of Garcia’s last pieces for National Journal was “I’m not broken,’’ about how autism has been not only a challenge but an asset for him as a political reporter.

Staff writer Rema Rahman comes to us from the The Annapolis Capital, and she has previously covered state government for the Associated Press in Denver and in Trenton. She was an intern for the BBC in London and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Rahman, Garcia and Akin join several new staffers transferred from CQ News, including John Bennett as White House correspondent and Lindsey McPherson as congressional leadership reporter. Last month, Thomas McKinless joined CQRC as multimedia producer with a primary responsibility for Roll Call content and Kris Viesselman took the reins as the company’s Senior Director of Digital Content and New Products.


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