Ron Fournier is publisher and editor of Crain’s Detroit Business and an award-winning and nationally acclaimed political contributor to The Atlantic. A Detroit native, he began his family and career in Arkansas, covering then-governor Bill Clinton before moving to Washington in 1993, where he reported on politics and the presidency during the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Fournier also served as a 2005 fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, where he co-wrote the New York Times best-seller Applebee’s America. He now serves on the Harvard IOP Board of Advisors. Before returning to Detroit in the fall of 2016, Fournier published a parenting memoir, Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations.” It debuted No. 10 on Amazon.com and was a New York Times best seller.
Fournier holds the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 2000 presidential election, and he is a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award.