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Ron Fournier is the Senior Political Columnist 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; American Banking Association, July 15. (Addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on July 29 without renumeration.)

Latest From Ron Fournier

Parsing Clinton: What Is She Hiding?

Her slippery defense of the email scandal requires a Clintonologist. I volunteer.

Clinton's Conspiracy of Secrecy Worthy of Criminal Probe

Maybe the dog ate her email.

These Millennials Left Me in the Dust (More, Please)

Young Americans flock to civic service and social entrepreneurship while avoiding politics and government. That's a problem.

Memo to Hillary: 'You're Still the Problem'

Old friends wonder what happened to the Clinton "we once knew."

A Eulogy, a Provocative Call to Action, and Too Many Deaf Ears

President Obama spoke with brutal clarity Friday, but what might have been had he done so earlier in his presidency?

Decades Overdue and Instantly Changed

Who led? Who followed? What comes after the Confederate flag debate?

Youngest Woman Ever Elected to Congress Introduces GOP to Millennials

New York Republican Elise Stefanik holds hearings on "up for grabs" rising generation.

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