Kris Viesselman Is Named Roll Call Editor in Chief

Roll Call's senior director of digital content replaces Melinda Henneberger.

Kris Viesselman has been named as Roll Call’s new editor in chief, announced chief content officer David Ellis today. Viesselman replaces Melinda Henneberger, who left the organization, we learned yesterday, after fundamental disagreements with management.

Viesselman joined Roll Call in December as the senior director of digital content and new products. She was brought on last year for her data visualization and digital product experience at the firm she founded, Electric Ivy, and in her previous roles, among them vp, product and chief creative officer at The San Diego Union-Tribune and director of digital product development and interactive publishing at National Geographic. Viesselman’s experience is an indication of the publication’s move to focus on multimedia journalism.

In addition to Viesselman’s appointment, CQ Roll made some additional staff changes today.

  • David Hawkings was promoted to senior Congressional editor
  • Adriel Bettelheim‘s role is expanded to managing editor for enterprise of both CQ and Roll Call
  • David Meyers is named vice president of business operations
  • Gillian Roberts gets a role new to the CQ Roll Call as its Visual Reporting Editor

“Kris is an innovator, change agent and team builder, and I’m excited about the work this new group of Capitol Hill veterans will produce as we head into the most important presidential election campaign of our lifetimes,” said Ellis in a statement.

But today’s news may not have been so good for two staffers. Politico’s sources tell them that Congressional editor Phyllis Jordan and staff writer Warren Rojas have been let go.