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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: When Bill Gates Met Donald Trump

May 21, 2018 The Russia investigation turned one year old last week and President Donald Trump remembered the anniversary by tweeting tweeting "Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History." Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost joked that Trump noting the anniversary is the first...

Play of the Day: The Mueller Investigation Turns One Year Old

May 18, 2018 The Senate Judiciary Committee released thousands of pages of testimony from Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday about the famed 2016 Trump Tower meeting. In it, Trump Jr. said "I do not recall" nearly 200 times, so Late Show's Stephen Colbert joked about a previous tweet in which Trump Jr. quoted...

Play of the Day: Will Kim Cancel the North Korea Talks?

May 17, 2018 The Senate Judiciary Committee released thousands of pages of testimony from Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday concerning the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian pop singer, an oligarch and an attorney. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying President Donald Trump didn't read the transcripts because...

Play of the Day: The Leaking White House

May 16, 2018 First Lady Melania Trump is recovering in the hospital after kidney surgery and is reportedly doing well. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked that President Donald Trump's visit ended with a nurse telling him not to eat the hospital food. After Axios reported a behind-the-scenes account of why White House...

Play of the Day: Trump Wants Everyone to 'Be Cool' About China And Trade

May 15, 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News this week that Kim Jong-un watches American TV and may, in fact, watch Fox News sometimes. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying Kim responded "I only watch Riverdale." President Donald Trump is involved in trade negotiations with China,...

Play of the Day: Trump and Pence Portraits in Post Offices

May 14, 2018 Last week, President Donald Trump greeted freed Americans held hostage in North Korea at 3 a.m. in the United States. In doing so, he also bragged about the middle-of-the-night ratings he got, prompting Fox News' Greg Gutfeld to joke that Trump "is always up for us" and saying that 2016...

Play of the Day: Trump Gets Big Ratings at Three in the Morning

May 11, 2018 The White House is setting up an artificial intelligence summit soon, according to reports. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, saying President Donald Trump wants the summit because Amazon's Alexa "is the only woman who's still talking to him." The Trump administration negotiated the release of three...

Play of the Day: Gaining Access To The President Is Not Hard

May 10, 2018 President Donald Trump greeted recently released American prisoners from North Korea early Thursday morning after his administration secured their release. Conan O'Brien joked about the news, saying that Trump's wife is eyeing a similar release. Reports said this week that Michael Cohen, one of Trump's lawyers, received money from corporations...

Play of the Day: President Trump Says He Keeps His Promises

May 9, 2018 According to reports, President Donald Trump is unhappy with Rudy Giuliani's appearances on TV recently. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about the news, implying Trump saw too much of himself in Giuliani's unhinged, off-script and damning appearances. Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal on...

Play of the Day: Melania Trump Wants Children to 'Be Best'

May 8, 2018 President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani went on TV over the past week and, despite some gaffes, recovered and said that Trump might take the fifth in the Mueller probe. The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon joked about Giuliani's appearances, saying that Trump wants Giuliani himself to take the fifth, so...