AP DC Bureau Chief Fournier Joining National Journal Group

By: E&P Staff

Longtime Associated Press journalist Ron Fournier, who was the news cooperative’s Washington bureau chief for the past two years, is leaving to become editor in chief of National Journal Group, publisher of National Journal magazine, The Hotline, the Almanac of American Politics and Congress Daily.

“We wish Ron well in his new endeavor,” an AP’s director of media relations, Paul Colford, said in a statement. “He has been a strong leader of AP’s comprehensive White House and Washington coverage.  Many of his contributions will be carried on by the leaders in the Washington bureau, who will continue to provide a competitive news report that is unmatched in breaking news and enterprise reporting.”

In a memo to staff, AP Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes said the Washington Deputy Bureau Chief Steve Komarow would be acting bureau chief during the search to replace Fournier.

“With Steve’s steady hand on the tiller, we will now begin a search for a permanent bureau chief, and expect applications from both inside the AP and outside,”  Oreskes wrote.

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