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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."

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Jay Carney and John Kerry are no substitute for presidential leadership.

No Party for This Young Man: A Millennial Storms the Gates of Washington

Independent congressional candidate Nick Troiano launches long-shot bid to bring generational change to Congress.

Meet the Dying Girl Who Told Congress to Stop the Bullshit

It took a remarkable young life to summon a few pages of can-do bipartisanship.

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Family caregiver-turned-AARP advocate urges states to plug holes in long-term health care system.

Fournier Repents: Put Obama on Rushmore

"One of the greatest presidents in U.S. history."

Obamacare Survives, Now Can It Be Fixed?

Eight questions and one suggestion for durable health care reform.

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This Is How Millennials Roll

Harvard study suggests young Americans' views on the U.S. budget don't fit neatly into a partisan box.

Can Captain Obvious and Secretary Shuttle Save Ukraine?

Jay Carney and John Kerry are no substitute for presidential leadership.

No Party for This Young Man: A Millennial Storms the Gates of Washington

Independent congressional candidate Nick Troiano launches long-shot bid to bring generational change to Congress.

Meet the Dying Girl Who Told Congress to Stop the Bullshit

It took a remarkable young life to summon a few pages of can-do bipartisanship.

One Woman's Quest to Mend a $450 Billion Industry: Family Caregiving

Family caregiver-turned-AARP advocate urges states to plug holes in long-term health care system.

Fournier Repents: Put Obama on Rushmore

"One of the greatest presidents in U.S. history."

Obamacare Survives, Now Can It Be Fixed?

Eight questions and one suggestion for durable health care reform.

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