CQ Roll Call’s ‘Chris’ Memo

By Betsy Rothstein Comment

CQ Roll Call‘s Executive Editor for Publications John Dineen has a very important announcement today about two male employees named “Chris.” Both Chris’s are stepping into new roles: Chris White moves from copy and production to deputy editor responsible for member profiles. Steer clear of him if you don’t want to get sucked into writing profiles. More noteworthy, White is a stand-up comedian who recently recorded his second album at DC Improv. Not to be shortchanged is Chris Nehls, who recently joined the publication as a part-time researcher. He was an assistant college prof at Providence College, University of Central Arkansas and Hampden-Sydney College.

The memo is moderately exciting. Read only if suffering from serious boredom…

Folks –

I am pleased to announce two additions to the Member Information and Research team. Chris White has moved over from our copy and production team to be the deputy editor responsible for member profiles. Chris came on board as a full-time copy and production editor in June 1010 and served as a contributing editor on Politics in America 2012. He previously spent five years as a freelance copy editor for CQ Weekly, CQ Today and PIA, and worked in editorial production for the Washington Post Writers Group. Chris, a stand-up comedian who recently recorded his second album at the DC Improv, has a B.A. in journalism and history from the University of Richmond. He replaces John Bicknell, who is now the opinion/special publications editor for Roll Call.

By the way, Chris now is working on expanded profiles of all the freshmen elected last year. After that, he’ll turn to updating other member profiles and move into PIA mode. I’m sure he would love to hear from reporters and editors who would like to volunteer to write profiles.

You may already have met Chris Nehls, who recently joined the team as a part-time researcher. Chris has developed extensive research skills as a college professor and as a research consultant. Since moving to Washington in 2009, he has handled legislative and political research, communications and event planning for the Aerospace Industries Association; performed legislative research for the Anti-Defamation League; and worked on a legislative and presidential histories database for data visualization projects developed by Timeplots. Previously, Chris was a visiting assistant professor at Providence College, focusing on East Asian history and Western civilization, and a lecturer at the University of Central Arkansas and Hampden-Sydney College. Chris has a B.A. in history and English as well as a Ph.D. in U.S. history, both from the University of Virginia. When not here, Chris is working on his book, “A Grand and Glorious Feeling: The American Legion, National Identity, and Citizenship 1919-1957” (University of Pennsylvania Press). He replaced Kris Broughton, who moved to the BillTrack team.

Please congratulate both Chrises on their new posts.