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Ron Fournier

Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director

Ron Fournier is the Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director of National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief. A Detroit native, Fournier began his career in Arkansas, first with the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and then with the Arkansas Democrat and the AP, where he covered the state legislature and Gov. Bill Clinton. In January 1993, Fournier moved to Washington, where he covered the White House and presidential campaigns for the AP. In 2005, Fournier served as a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, where he co-wrote " Applebee's America," a New York Times best seller that examined the shared attributes of successful political, business and religious leaders. He left the AP briefly to run a social networking start up,, and returned to cover the 2008 presidential race. Fournier has won numerous awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 elections and a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award. His 2012 cover story on the decline of U.S. institutions, " In Nothing We Trust," was awarded an honorable mention in David Brook's essay contest, the Sidney Awards. He stepped down as editor-in-chief of NJ in November 2012 to return full-time to reporting. Fournier is writing a book for Crown

Books based on his National Journal cover story, " How Two Presidents Helped Me Deal With Love, Guilt and Fatherhood." Fournier serves on the Harvard Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Board. Paid speaking engagements disclosure: HR Policy Council, March 5, 2015; National Apartment Association, March 17; American Coatings Associated, April 21.


Latest From Ron Fournier

Why Bill and Hillary Clinton May Want to Throttle Me

Relationships between journalists and politicians are healthy when they're complicated.

I Don't Believe Hillary Clinton

Rare news conference doesn't address credibility gap.

Why is Hillary Clinton Tacking Left?

It could be politics or it could be principle. Her team wants you to believe it's both.

The Ham-Handed Hypocrisy of Bush and Clinton

Jeb on Iraq and Hillary on transparency are beneath the both of them—and the office they seek.

Iraq Stumble Opens Window Into Jeb Bush Presidency

His answers might tell us something important about the kind of president he would be.

Erick Erickson Has a Great Idea for Presidential Debates

Conservative author instructs GOP speakers at his event to drop attacks and focus on 2020 (not a typo).

Why We're Voting for the Wrong Reasons

"Negative partisanship" can be cured by positive change.

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