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. You can reach Ron via email at rfrench@bridgemi.com, or call him at 517-214-3636.

Articles

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

Over 28? You’ll get no student aid from Michigan

September 8, 2016 | Ron French

Obsolete state policies favor financial aid for young students over the older, part-time students who are increasingly filling college campuses.

How long will Flint’s water chief remain unpaid?

August 30, 2016 | Ron French

Flint hired a former brigadier general to oversee replacement of its lead pipes. The Mott Foundation gave Flint money for his salary. So why hasn’t Michael McDaniel been paid? The answer tells you all you need to know about the slow pace of Flint’s recovery.

Mott president on Flint: ‘You hit rock bottom multiple times’

August 30, 2016 | Ron French

Ridgway White says he is buoyed by the amount of philanthropic money flowing in to address Flint’s water crisis. But the Mott president tells Bridge he sees graver challenges in improving the city’s longer-term economic trajectory

Beyond bottled water: Huge checks, slow progress test patience in Flint

August 23, 2016 | Ron French

Delivering pallets of water was the easy part. Now it gets messy, as various players jockey for position, balance competing interests and struggle with plans to repair the city and its people after a crisis like no other.

Think America doesn’t give a damn about Flint? 15,000 donors disagree

August 23, 2016 | Ron French

15,000 donations have poured in to help Flint kids battling lead poisoning. One-dollar bills and five-figure checks arrive almost daily from schoolchildren and prison inmates, elderly widows and romance writers. Here are a few of their stories

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