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Ross Gianfortune

Senior Web Producer Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production 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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Can You Save the Whales With a Smartphone?

December 20, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes One of the rarest large animals on the planet, the North Atlantic right whale can grow up to 59 feet long. These migratory whales tend to stay close to peninsulas and near continental shelves to feed. Hunted to near-extinction, ...

The Best Way to Fix HealthCare.gov? Scrap It and Start Over.

December 2, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes It's been almost a month since major issues emerged during the launch of HealthCare.gov, the website for Americans looking to sign up for a medical plan in the health insurance marketplace. And the problems remain in headlines. A key ...

FurloughYOLO: Federal Employees Tweet How They Are Spending Their Shutdown-Induced Time Off

October 10, 2013 When the federal government shut down Oct. 1, roughly 900,000 federal employees were sent home without pay. That number has been reduced somewhat, as the Defense Department brought back most of its furloughed civilians this week. Still, more than half a million feds are not reporting to work every day, ...

What is the Future of the Postal Service?

September 17, 2013 Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes As of this week, the United States Postal Service began sending early retirement offers to more than 15,000 employees. The move is part of a plan by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to reduce the postal workforces without layoffs. Government ...

Play of the Day: Putin’s Times Piece Did Not Go Over Well

September 13, 2013 Syria remained a main topic on late-night TV Thursday night. With the Syrian admission that it does, indeed, have destructive weapons, The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno joked about George W. Bush’s continuing search for weapons of mass destruction. Leno also referenced the recent story that the CIA has begun delivering ...

Play of the Day: Obama is Just As Confused as We Are

September 12, 2013 President Barack Obama spoke to the nation on Syria Tuesday night and, because of the timing of tapings, late-night show hosts got to discuss it Wednesday evening. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno thought Obama looked confused, while Conan O’Brien’s producers put together a video of Obama indecisively exiting and entering ...

Play of the Day: ‘Mr. Magoo’ Came Up With the Solution

September 11, 2013 While most late-night shows tape before he spoke, President Barack Obama’s Tuesday Oval Office address was fodder for The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno and The Late Show’s David Letterman. Leno brought polls into his joke, while Letterman’s Top Ten list enumerated things Americans don’t want to hear in such an ...

Play of the Day: What to Do With Dictators in Syria and North Korea

September 10, 2013 PBS aired an interview with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad Monday, which gave late-night hosts an opportunity to joke about the interview. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart took umbrage at Assad citing a lack of popular American support for intervention into Syria, calling Assad “Mr. Gallup,” while Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon ...

Play of the Day: John Kerry’s Provocative Tongue

September 9, 2013 The 2013 G-20 Russia Summit ended Friday, with heads of leading economics meeting to discuss the financial state world. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno commented on the stated goal of the annual summit, joking that the nations are not doing a good job of aiding “global financial security.” He also ...

Play of the Day: Putin and Obama Are Together Again at the G20

September 6, 2013 With debate continuing about an American course of action regarding the situation in Syria, late-night TV hosts continue to joke about it. The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno mentioned Republicans supporting President Barack Obama’s plan for strikes, saying that the only time both parties can come together is when we’re going ...