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Ron Fournier (born 1963) is a lobbyist and former journalist.[1] Until 2018, he was the publisher and editor of Crain’s Detroit Business. Previously he worked at Atlantic Magazine and the National Journal and as Washington bureau chief at the Associated Press (AP) until leaving in June 2010. He is the president of the lobbying firm Truscott Rossman.[2][1]

BackgroundEdit

Fournier is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Detroit. His wife, Lori, is also a graduate of the University of Detroit. They have three children -- Holly, Gabrielle, and Tyler -- whom they raised in Arlington County, Virginia.[3]

CareerEdit

Fournier began his journalism career in 1985 at The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Two years later, he moved to the Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock, Arkansas. He stayed there for another two years before joining the Little Rock bureau of the AP in 1989. While there, he covered Bill Clinton during his final term as governor. When Clinton was elected president, Fournier moved to the AP's Washington bureau.[4]

Fournier first left the AP in 2004 to take a Harvard Institute of Politics fellowship. During that period, he also co-wrote the book Applebee's America[5] with Matthew Dowd, then-Republican strategist who went on to be Independent, and Doug Sosnik, a Democratic strategist. In 2006, he took a position as editor-in-chief of a new Internet website called Hotsoup.com, which aimed to foster discussion on a number of topics including politics. The site failed to catch on, however, and Fournier returned to the AP in March 2007 as its Online Political Editor, after considering “a senior advisory role” with Republican Senator John McCain's presidential campaign.[6]

In May 2008, Fournier was named the acting Washington bureau chief, replacing his "mentor" Sandy Johnson.[7] Michael Calderone wrote that since taking over the position, Fournier has led a dramatic shift in the AP's policy, moving it away from the neutral and objective tone it had become known for and toward a more opinionated style that would make judgments when conflicting opinions were presented in a story.[7]

Fournier joined Crain's Detroit Business in 2016,[8] becoming publisher and editor in 2017.[9] About this time, he wrote a second book – Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent's Expectations.[10] Published in 2016, the book chronicles what he learned about being a parent on a series of road trips with his son, Tyler, who has Asperger syndrome.

Fournier currently serves on the board of directors of the Autism Alliance of Michigan.[11]

He won the Society of Professional Journalists' 2000 Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 United States presidential election. [12] He received a 2012 Sidney Award[13] honorable mention for the article "In Nothing We Trust",[14] coauthored with Sophie Quinton.[15] He is also a three-time winner of the White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith award.[16]

ControversiesEdit

In July 2008, while investigators for the House Oversight Committee were looking into the death of Pat Tillman, they uncovered a 2004 email from Fournier to Karl Rove encouraging him to "keep up the fight".[17]

On August 23, 2008, following U.S. Senator and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's announcement of his selection of Senator Joe Biden as a running mate, Fournier wrote a widely circulated piece titled "Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence".[18] A Washington Monthly columnist described the piece as "mirror[ing] the Republican line with minimal variation".[19] Editor & Publisher noted that Fournier's article "gained wide linkage at the Drudge Report, Hot Air and numerous other conservative sites...." and was targeted by MoveOn.org for alleged bias.[20]

In February 2013, Fournier wrote a column about breaking ties with a White House official after a pattern of "vulgarity, abusive language" and "veiled threat(s)", but did not identify the official due to his policy of granting blanket automatic anonymity to all his sources.[21] Fournier received some criticism from commentator Glenn Greenwald for behaving in a "petulant" manner and for his policy on anonymity for sources.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Crain's Detroit Business Publisher Ron Fournier to leave for leadership role at Truscott Rossman". Crain's Detroit Business. April 11, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "Racial tension surfaces in regional transit debate". Detroit News. April 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  3. ^ http://www.iop.harvard.edu/ron-fournier Ron Fournier
  4. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/2000/08/14/the-aps-fournier-down-to-the-wire/3bb15188-9238-40a7-95c2-c9a5af78d86e/
  5. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Applebee's America: How Successful Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community by Douglas b. Sosnik, Author, Matthew J. Dowd, Author, Ron Fournier, Author . Simon & Schuster $26 (260p) ISBN 978-0-7432-8718-0". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Calderone, Michael (July 30, 2008). "One of Fournier's job options: McCain". Politico. Archived from the original on August 26, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2008.
  7. ^ a b Calderone, Michael (July 14, 2008). "Is Fournier saving or destroying the AP?". Politico. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Fournier, Ron (August 8, 2016). "You Can Go Home Again". The Atlantic. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ron Fournier named publisher at Crain's". Detroit News. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  10. ^ http://lovethatboybook.com/
  11. ^ "Our Board - Autism Alliance of Michigan". autismallianceofmichigan.org. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "SPJ Names Winners of the 2000 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism". www.spj.org. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Brooks, David (December 27, 2012). "Opinion - The 2012 Sidney Awards, Part 2". Retrieved June 30, 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
  14. ^ Journal, Ron Fournier, Sophie Quinton, National (April 19, 2012). "In Nothing We Trust". The Atlantic. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  15. ^ Sophie Quinton. "Sophie Quinton". The Atlantic. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  16. ^ "Past Winners". whca.press. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  17. ^ "AP's Ron Fournier To Karl Rove: "Keep Up The Fight"". Mother Jones. July 14, 2008.
  18. ^ Fournier, Ron (August 23, 2008). "Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence". Associated Press. Archived from the original on August 25, 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
  19. ^ Benen, Steve (August 23, 2008). "Fournier Is At It Again". Political Animal. Washington Monthly. Retrieved August 23, 2008.
  20. ^ "MoveOn.org Targets AP's Fournier for Alleged Pro-McCain Bias". Editor & Publisher. August 23, 2008. Archived from the original on August 25, 2008.
  21. ^ Why Bob Woodward's Fight With The White House Matters to You Archived 2013-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (February 28, 2013). "Ron Fournier's amazing admission about his service to White House officials". The Guardian. Retrieved October 20, 2015.

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