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: Donald Trump Takes on Hate Crimes

November 15, 2016 Donald Trump and Barack Obama met at the White House last week and, according to reports, Trump was overwhelmed by the responsibilities of the office he just won. The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump seemed surprised by the scope and that his staff was "unaware that the entire presidential...

Play of the Day: It's Awfully Hard to 'Drain the Swamp'

November 14, 2016 The weekly late-night shows examined the presidential election results over the weekend, with Saturday Night Live turning somber for its cold open. On Weekend Update, though, Michael Che joked that Hillary Clinton may actually be cursed and SNL's Colin Jost made fun of Trump's famous hats. Trump's promise to "drain...

Play of the Day: The Peaceful Transition of Power – And Websites – Has Begun

November 11, 2016 President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump met at the White House Thursday and late-night hosts joked about it quite a bit. Late Show's Stephen Colbert compared the meeting to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared it to a bad divorce/dating situation. Trump's transition...

Play of the Day: Trump's Victory Shut Down Part of the Web

November 10, 2016 Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States Tuesday night, prompting stunned late-night hosts to try and digest the results. Jimmy Kimmel and Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about hallucinations, while The Daily Show's Trevor Noah compared his feelings about the election to the president-elect's...

Play of the Day: They Took Away Trump's Twitter Access

November 8, 2016 In the days before the election, Hillary Clinton pulled out all the stops in bringing in celebrities to campaign for her. Joining her were Bruce Springsteen, Lebron James and Beyonce, prompting Late Night's Seth Meyers to joke that she's writing a coffee table book called People I'm Not As Cool...

Play of the Day: The FBI Had Better Options to Survey the Clinton Emails

November 7, 2016 Krispy Kreme is running a promotion this week to celebrate voting in Tuesday's election. Anyone can visit select stores, show off their "I voted" sticker and receive a free donut. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the unhealthy -- but delicious -- treat giveaway, saying "that way, you can...

Play of the Day: Baseball and the 2016 Election

November 4, 2016 The FBI is conducting an internal review of a long-dormant Twitter account that recently put out tweets about Donald Trump's father and an investigation into Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the tweets, tying the agency account to Russia's involvement in the American election....

Play of the Day: The White House Social Media Handoff is Coming Soon

November 3, 2016 This week, Donald Trump won a mock election that was made up of over 700,000 Minnesota high school students. Late Night's Seth Meyers joked about the results on Wednesday, noting that "if high school votes determined who won, our next president would be whoever brings weed to prom," which Meyers...

Play of the Day: Not So Fast, Secretary Clinton

November 2, 2016 The 2016 presidential election is just six days away, so late-night hosts joked about the week left in the campaign. Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked that the time is enough for making "your peace with God," while Conan O'Brien joked that "millions of Americans will learn if their new leader...

Play of the Day: James Comey's Letter Didn't Clear Up Anything

November 1, 2016 NASA's early warning intruder alert system spotted an asteroid that came close to hitting Earth this week. Considering this election cycle, Late Night's Seth Meyers joked "I think I speak for all of us when I say 'come back, asteroid!'" James Comey's letter to Congress last week about the FBI...

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