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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

The Era of Political Disruption

Independent presidential bids, a third party, and other big changes are just over the midterm horizon.

Homesick for Detroit

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Naked Politics: The Ebola Czar Has No Clothes

Why Obama flipped and chose Ron Klain to oversee the political crisis.

What Ebola Says About Our Ability to Cope

Mistakes, cynical responses, and weak leadership portend scary outcomes for bigger threats.

Should Obama Go to Ebola Ground Zero?

Five questions about our response to the virus, which has infected a second Dallas health care worker.

Does Calling Kentucky's Obamacare 'Fine' Disqualify McConnell?

Undebatable: Grimes and McConnell in Kentucky, Warner in Virginia, and Cotton in Arkansas offer wince-worthy moments.

Why the Colombian Hooker Scandal Matters

More than sex, the story is about nepotism, favoritism, credibility, and the president's safety.

Show More from Ron Fournier

The Era of Political Disruption

Independent presidential bids, a third party, and other big changes are just over the midterm horizon.

Homesick for Detroit

City's political and business elite woo expats with post-bankruptcy blueprints. But can they pull it off?

Naked Politics: The Ebola Czar Has No Clothes

Why Obama flipped and chose Ron Klain to oversee the political crisis.

What Ebola Says About Our Ability to Cope

Mistakes, cynical responses, and weak leadership portend scary outcomes for bigger threats.

Should Obama Go to Ebola Ground Zero?

Five questions about our response to the virus, which has infected a second Dallas health care worker.

Does Calling Kentucky's Obamacare 'Fine' Disqualify McConnell?

Undebatable: Grimes and McConnell in Kentucky, Warner in Virginia, and Cotton in Arkansas offer wince-worthy moments.

Why the Colombian Hooker Scandal Matters

More than sex, the story is about nepotism, favoritism, credibility, and the president's safety.

Show More from Ron Fournier