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is a Roll Call 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 ), 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 Congressional Quarterly Walter Shapiro, Mary Curtis, Patricia Murphy, and Stu Rothenberger.
Every issue of
Roll Call is delivered to Congress and to the White House free of charge.
History Roll Call was founded in 1955 by Sid Yudain, a press secretary to Congressman Al Morano (R-Conn.).  The inaugural issue of the newspaper was published on June 16, 1955, with an initial printing of 10,000 copies.  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. Yudain continued to work as a  columnist at Roll Call after the sale.  The Economist Group acquired Roll Call in 1993.  Roll Call merged with CQ in 2009 after the latter company was purchased by The Economist Group. 
In July 2018, a deal was announced for CQ Roll Call to be acquired by
Heard on the Hill
In January of 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. On 30 April 2019, Roll Call announced the current Heard on the Hill writing team of Clyde McGrady and Kathryn Lyons.  
Congressional Baseball Game
Roll Call began sponsoring the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. In 1965, the first was awarded--to the Republican team, which was the first team to win three games since Roll Call Trophy 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 Kathryn Lyons,
Heard on the Hill reporter Camila Dechalus, Immigration Reporter
 Kathryn Tully McManus, Congressional Reporter
 Rebecca Adams, Senior Editor
 Megan Scully, Senior Editor
Ed Timms, Investigations Editor
Herb Jackson, Politics Editor
 Jason Dick, Deputy Editor
Lindsey Gilbert, Deputy Editor
Lindsey McPherson, Senior Writer
  Niels Lesniewski, Senior Writer
John M. Donnelly, Senior Writer
Bridget Bowman, Politics Reporter
Simone Pathé, Politics Reporter
Stephanie Akin, Politics Reporter
Kate Ackley, Lobbying Reporter 
Notable Roll Call alumni
Mary Ann Akers, staff writer for Politico Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor for politics for
Los Angeles Times
Chris Cillizza, politics reporter and editor-at-large for CNN Tim Curran, Sunday Editor for
The Washington Post Steve Dennis, Senate reporter for
Bloomberg Matt Fuller, congressional reporter for
Huffington Post Emily Heil, co-author the Reliable Source,
The Washington Post
Ed Henry, chief national correspondent for Fox News Channel Paul Kane, senior congressional correspondent for
The Washington Post Pablo Manriquez, publicist at
Center for Investigative Reporting   
Steve Kornacki, national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC John McArdle, producer and co-host for
C-SPAN's Washington Journal
Norah O'Donnell, co-anchor for CBS This Morning Ben Pershing, Managing Editor for
Mark Preston, executive editor for CNN Politics
Glenn R. Simpson, Founder of Fusion GPS
Jake Tapper, anchor for CNN's and The Lead with Jake Tapper State of the Union
Nina Totenberg, correspondent for National Public Radio
Jim VandeHei, co-founder and CEO of ; former executive editor and co-founder of Axios Politico Rachel Van Dongen, editor of PowerPost for The Washington Post
Weber, Bruce (October 26, 2013). "Sid Yudain, 90, Dies; Created Congress's Community Newspaper". New York Times . Retrieved 2013.
Schudel, Matt (October 22, 2013). "Sid Yudain, founder of Roll Call, dies at 90". Washington Post . Retrieved 2013.
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Rapp, David (October 21, 2013). "Roll Call Founder Sid Yudain Dies at 90". Roll Call . Retrieved 2013.
Levitt Set To Sell Stake In Roll Call; SEC Pick Said Talking With the Economist
, The Guardian "The Economist Group Buys Congressional Quarterly", July 22, 2009
Calderone, Michael (July 25, 2018). "Economist Group to sell CQ Roll Call to FiscalNote". . Politico
Gangitano, Alex. "Lobbying Reporter". Jimmy Finkelstein. The Hill . Retrieved 2019.
McKinless, Thomas (April 29, 2019). "Meet Roll Call's New Heard on the Hill Reporters". Roll Call.
"Hurricane Maria | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org . Retrieved 2019.
"K Tully-McManus (@ktullymcmanus) | Twitter". twitter.com . Retrieved 2019.
Adams, Rebecca. "Energy Legislation". CSPAN.org. CSPAN . Retrieved 2017.
Lippmann, Daniel. "Playbook PM: Trump heading to the border Thursday". Politico.
Scanlan, Bill. "Research and Development Tax Credit Legislation". CSPAN.org. CSPAN . Retrieved 2017.
Swain, Susan. "Newsmakers with Rep Mark Walker and Roll Call's Lindsey McPherson". CSPAN Newsmakers . Retrieved 2017.
Ackley, Kate (October 23, 2017). "The Rise of Women Political Donors in the Age of Trump". CQ magazine . Retrieved 2017.
Malone Kircher, Madison (July 25, 2016). "The DNC Email Leak Has a Viral Hero: Pablo". New York Magazine . Retrieved 2017.
Moore, Jack (July 24, 2016). "Politics Working at the DNC Sounds Very Cool (Except Not at All)". GQ . Retrieved 2017.
Ohlheiser, Abby. "What to expect when a WikiLeaks dump turns you into an Internet folk hero". Washington Post. The Washington Post . Retrieved 2017.