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 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....

Play of the Day: Trump and Boeing

December 7, 2016 The White House announced this week that it wants to boost computer science education in American classrooms. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked Tuesday night that the administration hopes that "one day, America will be able to hack its own election." President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday about Boeing's contract for...

Play of the Day: Ben Carson is Ready to Run the Housing Department

December 6, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump impulsively tweeted criticism of Saturday Night Live over the weekend after the show's cold open was a sketch about Trump tweeting impulsively. Viceland's Desus and Mero joked that Trump should stop watching a show he clearly hates, while Conan O'Brien joked that Trump's Twitter TV criticism might...

Play of the Day: The Trump Thank You Tour Begins

December 5, 2016 Once he assumes the office in January, Donald Trump will be able to send unblockable text messages to everyone in America whenever he wants. Wireless Emergency Alerts are meant to be used for impending disasters such as, as Late Show's Stephen Colbert pointed out, Trump having the capability to mass-text...

Play of the Day: The Regular Trump and Obama Phone Conversations

December 2, 2016 Rumors are swirling that president-elect Donald Trump is considering former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to head the Veterans Affairs Department during his administration. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon noted that Palin considers herself a friend of veterans, but John McCain would say otherwise. President Barack Obama and Trump have had...

Play of the Day: Mitt Romney's Awkward Dinner With Donald Trump

December 1, 2016 The First Family decorated the White House for Christmas for the final time in the two terms of Barack Obama this week. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that they savored the moment because Santa Claus probably isn't coming back for the next four years. President-elect Donald Trump dined with...

Play of the Day: Inside Trump's Mind… And Twitter

November 30, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday tweeted that those burning the American flag should face "consequences," which could include "loss of citizenship or year in jail!". Viceland's Desus & Mero joked that the tweet "escalated quickly," while The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump would prefer people burn other things like...

Play of the Day: Donald Trump is the Twitter President

November 29, 2016 Donald Trump plans to spend plenty of time at New York's Trump Tower during his presidency, which means the Secret Service will have to have some sort of command center there. According to reports, the Secret Service will have to rent out one or two floors in the building, with...

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