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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Hillary Clinton Sits for an Awkward 'Between Two Ferns' Interview

September 22, 2016 Within the first 20 seconds of his interview with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Zach Galifianakis learned the power of the Secret Service. The Funny or Die host entered wearing a grim reaper mask and was quickly tackled by two agents. He explained he was "just trying to scare" Clinton,...

Play of the Day: Trump's Got a New Campaign Surrogate

September 22, 2016 Donald Trump continues to dominate the news cycle, as he recently said the African-American community is in "the worst shape ever." Late Night's Seth Meyers noted the comment and referenced the Oscar-winning film that would suggest otherwise. Jimmy Kimmel admitted on his show Wednesday night that late-night comedians do, indeed,...

Play of the Day: More Trump Campaign Candy Analogies

September 21, 2016 Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations this week for the final time as U.S. president. Conan O'Brien joked that Obama's rhetoric regarding nationalism and wall-building, while Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Obama called the Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump election "your problem now." Trump's son shared an image on Twitter...

Play of the Day: Diagramming Trump's Friday Statement

September 20, 2016 Republican VP pick Mike Pence said recently that the vice president he would most like to emulate is Dick Cheney. Late Night's Seth Meyers and Conan O'Brien joked about Cheney, referencing the infamous time he shot his friend in the face during a hunting trip. Donald Trump's Friday press conference...

Play of the Day: Trump Says Clinton Started Birther Movement… and Wants to Build a Big Wall

September 19, 2016 Donald Trump's foundation has been under scrutiny recently for a lack of transparency and a confusing money trail to and from the foundation. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about the foundation, citing Trump's receipt of a trophy from the Palm Beach Police Foundation and joking about Trump's penchant for marrying...

Play of the Day: Mr. Trump Meets Dr. Oz

September 16, 2016 Hillary Clinton is going to be featured in the October issue of Women's Health magazine. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon giggled joking about, saying Clinton will next be on the cover of Bad Timing magazine. Donald Trump's health is also in the news after the candidate went on the Dr....

Trump Takes Aim at 'Food Police,' Excessive Government Regulation

September 15, 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he wants to cut down on government waste, and it now appears that the Food and Drug Administration's food safety regulations will be one of his first targets. In a fact sheet distributed to reporters Thursday and reported by The Hill, the Trump...

Play of the Day: Colin Powell's Candid Comments Reflect the American Mood

September 15, 2016 Donald Trump taped an appearance with debunked supplement peddler Dr. Mehmet Oz Wednesday and made headlines by reiterating his love of fast food because "at least you know what they are putting in it." Late Night's Seth Meyers joked that Trump's off-base because his beloved KFC specifically specifically tries to...

Play of the Day: Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia is a Very Big Deal

September 14, 2016 In light of Hillary Clinton's bout with walking pneumonia, her presidential rival Donald Trump is going to speak about his own health on television this week with TV personality and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Conan O'Brien joked about this, saying Trump will later talk immigration with noted Latina cartoon Dora the...

Play of the Day: 'Basket of Deplorables' Was Not the Right Term

September 13, 2016 Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia last week, but her campaign was less than transparent about her health issues on the campaign trail. As Jimmy Kimmel put it Monday night, the conspiracy theories about Clinton "would be harder to believe if they didn't actually come true." Clinton is under fire...

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