Ron French

Ron French

Senior Writer Ron French joined Bridge in 2011 after having won more than 40 national and state journalism awards since he joined the Detroit News in 1995. French has a long track record of uncovering emerging issues and changing the public policy debate through his work. In 2006, he foretold the coming crisis in the auto industry in a special report detailing how worker health-care costs threatened to bankrupt General Motors. In 2007, French uncovered Michigan’s educator pension and health-care costs that are now at the center of policy debate in Lansing. He is also the author of “Driven Abroad,” a book chronicling the movement of Michigan jobs overseas.

Articles

Is Lansing trying to steer funds reserved for recreation land?

March 28, 2017 | Ron French

For decades, a nonpartisan trust enshrined in the Michigan Constitution has decided how to expand public recreation areas in the state. Now, a northern Michigan senator is saying the Legislature should have a voice in the trust’s spending choices.

Study claims Michigan has more blackouts than most states. Not true, says DTE

March 16, 2017 | Ron French

Last week’s windstorm left more than a million Michigan customers in the dark. Would more modernization and prevention efforts limit damage from future storms?

Meet Michigan's divided: Dave and Sherri Frohriep

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Dave and Sherri Frohreip from Newberry, in the U.P.

Meet Michigan's divided: Aric Knuth and Jim Leija

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Aric Knuth and Jim Leija, from Ann Arbor.

Meet Michigan's divided: Tom Herbon

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Tom Herbon, from Troy.

Meet Michigan's divided: Lisa King

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Lisa King, from East Lansing.

Meet Michigan's divided: John Hulett

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet John Hulett, from Sunfield, 25 miles west of Lansing.

Meet Michigan's divided: Asandi Conner

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

Meet Asandi Conner, from Detroit.

Meet Michigan's divided

January 24, 2017 | Nancy Derringer, Ron French, Pat Shellenbarger, Jacob Wheeler

Can 11 passionate Michigan residents and families reach across the political and cultural chasms that too often divide our state?

An election. An inauguration. A divided state.

January 24, 2017 | Ron French

The gulf between us is bigger than ever. How do we find common ground?

Dual enrollment growing in popularity and frustration

November 17, 2016 | Ron French

Opportunities to take college courses while in high school vary widely across Michigan, but the credits earned aren’t always what students expect

Six ways Tuesday’s election may change Michigan

November 10, 2016 | Ron French, Nancy Derringer

From health insurance costs to road repairs to Rick Snyder losing the last of his mojo, Tuesday’s election is likely to have a huge impact on the Michigan Legislatur

Got polling fever? Five points for surviving until the election results tonight

November 8, 2016 | Ron French

Anxiety-inducing polls are driving Americans to the edge. One expert explains how today’s polls work – and don’t work – and how best to read them

How accurately have polls predicted the presidential race

November 8, 2016 | Ron French

Individual polls can vary to a maddening degree, but the average of final national polls tallied at the RealClearPolitics.com website has been fairly accurate in the past three presidential elections

In Lansing, where potentially self-serving votes run ‘rampant’

October 27, 2016 | Craig Mauger, Ron French

Michigan’s failure to pass a conflict-of-interest law allows legislators to cast votes even when they appear to have a financial interest.

Strangest. Election. Ever. Or how choosing a president sank from civics to reality TV

October 25, 2016 | Ron French

Demonic possession and lesbian farmers. Pickle jars and Tic Tacs. Bridge takes a walk of shame through the 2016 presidential campaign.

For most students, the nurse won’t see you now

September 29, 2016 | Ron French

Michigan has fewer school nurses than almost any state. Some districts are getting creative to try to solve the problem

Little action in Lansing to increase college degrees

September 15, 2016 | Ron French

A sobering report recommends a half billion dollars to improve college access. Lansing responds with a yawn

How other states are getting college dropouts to drop back in

September 15, 2016 | Ron French

From financial incentives to colleges designed for dropouts, states are finding ways to help residents get their diplomas. Could these programs help Michigan

Michigan’s college dropout dilemma

September 8, 2016 | Ron French

Thousands of adults are just a few classes away from a degree. So why isn’t Michigan, so hungry for skilled workers, doing more to help them finish

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