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 email@example.com, or call him at 517-657-3501.
May 25, 2017 | Ron French
Your chances of living the American Dream – climbing higher up the economic ladder than your parents – used to be a sure thing. Times have changed, and not for the better.
May 25, 2017 | Ron French
How much of the political divide is an economic opportunity gap? In Bay City, which went twice for Obama, the focus is, as President Trump likes to say, jobs, jobs, jobs.
May 16, 2017 | Ron French
It wasn’t always comfortable. But more than 200 brave souls from around the country (and six nations) switched to news feeds with a different political viewpoint. A few have yet to switch back.
May 11, 2017 | Ron French
In Battle Creek, where school choice policies are blamed for helping to segregate schools and gut district programs, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation steps in to try to turn things around.
April 25, 2017 | Ron French
May 1 is the traditional deadline for saying yes or no to college admission offers. Don’t flip a coin. Read these tips.
In Harbor Springs, Cynthia Shafer battles illness and political assumptions
April 6, 2017 | Ron French
The “un-American” New York Times and the “nightmare” Drudge Report: A Troy conservative and two Ann Arbor liberals discover just how wide the news divide has become.
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.
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?
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
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