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Ron Fournier

Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director

rfournier@nationaljournal.com

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, HotSoup.com, 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.

Latest From Ron Fournier

Fiscal Doom: What You Weren't Told About the Latest Budget News

Political leaders and reporters miss the forest for the trees in CBO's deficit and debt projections.

Is the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?

Ordering a cheeseburgers with fries while a downed airline smolders may not have been a great decision.

How to Renounce America and Still Be Called a Patriot

Her father is a senator, she's a CEO, and her company is forsaking its U.S. citizenship.

'We Don't Suck As Much!' A Motto Your Party Can Honestly Embrace

Dumbing victory down, Democrats and Republicans measure themselves not by problems solved, but by Pyrrhic battles won.

Mr. 'I, Me, My': Obama Oughta Know He's Not the Hero

A successful White House crafts its narrative around the struggles of Americans, not the president.

What Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul, and Erick Erickson Have in Common

Rant against "marionettes" and "gravy trains" in Thad Cochran's race rings familiar to all sorts of populists.

Here Comes the Hardest Part About Obamacare

Implementing the ACA "employer mandate" is a major management challenge for Obama and his team.

Show More from Ron Fournier

Fiscal Doom: What You Weren't Told About the Latest Budget News

Political leaders and reporters miss the forest for the trees in CBO's deficit and debt projections.

Is the White House Lying or Just Bad at Crisis Communications?

Ordering a cheeseburgers with fries while a downed airline smolders may not have been a great decision.

How to Renounce America and Still Be Called a Patriot

Her father is a senator, she's a CEO, and her company is forsaking its U.S. citizenship.

'We Don't Suck As Much!' A Motto Your Party Can Honestly Embrace

Dumbing victory down, Democrats and Republicans measure themselves not by problems solved, but by Pyrrhic battles won.

Mr. 'I, Me, My': Obama Oughta Know He's Not the Hero

A successful White House crafts its narrative around the struggles of Americans, not the president.

What Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul, and Erick Erickson Have in Common

Rant against "marionettes" and "gravy trains" in Thad Cochran's race rings familiar to all sorts of populists.

Here Comes the Hardest Part About Obamacare

Implementing the ACA "employer mandate" is a major management challenge for Obama and his team.

Show More from Ron Fournier