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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 517-214-3636.
May 17, 2016 | Ron French
In Part 2, Bridge shows how Pennsylvania and Ohio are taking a different approach to keeping their cities stron
When cities lose 2,300 police officers, it’s time for Michigan to look in the mirror.
May 2, 2016 | Ron French
The failure to come up with more than short-term fixes shows “a lack of concern for people,” says John B. King Jr., who urged a permanent resolution
April 28, 2016 | Ron French
Michigan’s CEO governor is the subject of case studies and forums in which the culture in his administration is being compared with oil spills and the Challenger explosion.
April 26, 2016 | Ron French
Ramone Williams completes his journey for a degree from Eastern Michigan University. Now he must find a job
April 26, 2016 | Ron French
Michigan’s patchwork system of support misses the state’s most vulnerable young people
April 7, 2016 | Ron French
Almost 100,000 students enroll in public schools outside their neighborhood school districts through Michigan’s popular school-of-choice policy. On average, they are learning no more than if they’d stayed in their neighborhood school, a study finds
March 31, 2016 | Ron French
As city and state officials race to resolve the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, communication problems cause headaches and hard feelings
March 3, 2016 | Ron French
Scrounging for used parts on the Internet, Michigan clerks say it’s time for new election equipment, if the state will pay for it.
January 26, 2016 | Ron French
Climbing the economic ladder is made easier at some Michigan four-year campuses than others
December 18, 2015 | Ron French
Touched by the plight of Eastern Michigan senior Ramone Williams, people across the country offer help for the school’s homeless students, even as some ask why there is not more support for low-income students seeking a degree.
December 17, 2015 | Ron French
Michigan desperately needs more college graduates. So why are some students forced to live in cars and comb campus events for free food to afford an education?
November 5, 2015 | Ron French
More than a third of Michigan farms are operated by farmers over 65. What happens when they retire?
November 3, 2015 | Ron French
It’s been a long, contentious battle to reform Michigan’s teacher evaluation system. Now, the hard work begins.
October 22, 2015 | Ron French
Cyber schools are all about technology. But in a field of struggling competitors, one Michigan cyber school is succeeding with an old-fashioned idea: person-to-person interaction.