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, Cruz and Canada

January 8, 2016 The federal government put out its guidelines for nutrition this week, suggesting Americans eat healthier. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the announcement and the state of American eating, saying the FDA and USDA could have suggested Americans stop eating things with the word "triple" in it. With GOP rival...

Play of the Day: North Korea's Hydrogen Bomb Test Is Confusing

January 7, 2016 The group calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom remains ensconced at the federal Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building, so Late Night's Seth Meyers devoted his "A Closer Look" segment to the group and some of its idiosyncrasies. In a bizarre segment that aired on MSNBC, group member Lavoy Finicum hid...

Play of the Day: Some Malheur Solutions

January 6, 2016 Hillary Clinton told a crowd in New Hampshire recently that she would, as president, "get to the bottom" of any government information around UFOs and alien life. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about this Tuesday, saying Clinton's husband would be the first to volunteer for probing. As the standoff...

Play of the Day: New Year, Same Trump

January 5, 2016 Late-night television came back Monday after a holiday break to catch up on stories the shows missed over the last two weeks. Late Show's Stephen Colbert looked at Jeb Bush's campaign punctuation and The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about Ben Carson's campaign shakeup, suggesting Carson's former communications director wasn't...

The 10 Best Government Instagram Accounts of 2015

December 24, 2015 As they have with other social media channels, federal agencies increasingly are embracing Instagram as a way to get their messages out. It's a smart and relatively easy way to build goodwill with the public and spread the word about what agencies actually do. If you like the great outdoors,...

Play of the Day: 2008 Hillary Meets 2016 Hillary

December 21, 2015 Earlier this month, NASA put out a job ad on for astronauts to work on a potential manned Mars mission. Late Show's Stephen Colbert tackled this topic Friday night, saying he could be on the mission … as long as it launches before President Donald Trump takes office. Saturday...

Play of the Day: Alternatives for Vlad Putin's 'Gunslinger' Walk

December 18, 2015 With the omnibus bill on track to pass soon, late-night Tv joked about some of the aspects of the bill Thursday night. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about tax breaks in the bill for NASCAR tracks and Late Night's Seth Meyers referenced the lift of a ban on sledding...

Play of the Day: Many Questions Emerge From Tuesday's Debate

December 17, 2015 Late-night television spent most of Wednesday night joking about Tuesday's fifth GOP debate of this election cycle. The big confrontation of the evening came from Jeb Bush and Donald Trump, with the Floridian saying Trump can't "insult his way to the nomination." The Daily Show's Trevor Noah joked about Bush's...

Play of the Day: Jeb's Campaign is Just an Elaborate Nigerian Prince Scam

December 16, 2015 Donald Trump's doctor released a letter this week saying the candidate would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." The Daily Show's Trevor Noah questioned the letter's authenticity… until he saw a photo of Trump's doctor. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush sent an email to supporters this week...

Play of the Day: After Paris, Maybe Earth Will be 'Hospitable For Human Life' in the Future

December 15, 2015 Donald Trump's campaign released a letter Monday from Trump's physician explaining the candidate's health, even going so far as to say Trump "will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." Conan O'Brien joked about the letter Monday night, implying the letter didn't talk about Trump's mental health, while...

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