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Ross Gianfortune

Engagement Editor Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.
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Play of the Day: Trump's Inauguration Musician Search

December 21, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton are feuding over who called the other on election night. Conan O'Brien joked that Clinton actually did call Trump, but the famously lascivious former president was trying to reach Trump's model wife. Trump's inauguration is next month and the president-elect is having...

Play of the Day: Obama's Russian Strategy

December 20, 2016 Some Republicans and conservative media outlets have been saying that president-elect Donald Trump would have won the popular vote in November if only California was not counted. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying Hillary Clinton would've won the Electoral College vote if only Russia was not counted. Senator John...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Star Wars Connection

December 19, 2016 On Friday, president Barack Obama spoke about the Russian interference in American politics, saying he told Vladimir Putin to "cut it out." Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked about the news over the weekend, saying a murderous dictator isn't exactly going to listen to a catchphrase from Full House. Supporters...

Play of the Day: The Best TV of 2016 Was Definitely the Trump Campaign

December 16, 2016 NBC News reported this week that Vladimir Putin was personally behind the reported Russian interference in the 2016 election. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the election shenanigans behind Putin's election by referencing Matryoshka dolls, while Jimmy Kimmel joked about the friendship between president-elect Donald Trump and Putin. This week,...

Play of the Day: Trump's Cabinet Diversity

December 15, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump met with tech executives at Trump Tower on Wednesday, leaving Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey off the invite list. Jimmy Kimmel joked about the meeting, saying it was solely for Trump to get some help fixing his iTunes account. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about Trump's hand size,...

Play of the Day: Does Trump Want Kanye West in His Cabinet?

December 14, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump ally Roger Stone said this week that the consideration of Mitt Romney for Trump's cabinet was "in order to torture" the former governor of Massachusetts. Conan O'Brien joked about the remarks, saying the whole ordeal was just another episode of a new TV show, White Billionaire Pranks....

Play of the Day: Russia, the CIA and Donald Trump

December 13, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump told Chris Wallace over the weekend that he doesn't need to take daily intelligence briefings because he is "like, a smart person." Desus & Mero joked that Trump just wants the "Reader's Digest version" complete with cartoons, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that no one who...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump Takes on Presidential Traditions

December 12, 2016 It's still up in the air as to whether president-elect Donald Trump will get a pet when he is inaugurated in January. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about Trump breaking the 150-year-old tradition by joking about "the rare golden marmot that nests on his head." Trump is also breaking with...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump's Wrestling Presidency

December 9, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill out his cabinet, selecting Andrew Pudzer of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's as Labor Secretary this week. Conan O'Brien joked that selection was one that was, of course, made on an empty stomach. Late Show's Stephen Colbert noted that Trump picked Oklahoma state official Scott...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is 2016's Person of the Year

December 8, 2016 A report came out this week that president-elect Donald Trump and his family may get a dog when they move into the White House. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Mitt Romney could help with some of the training, including teaching the dog how to roll over and beg....