Ron Fournier is former chief political writer for The Associated Press, the world's oldest and largest news organization. At the AP, Fournier reported on Congress, the White House and actions of both major parties that impacted the national political landscape. He is also the winner of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2000 Sigma Delta Chi Award for his coverage of that yearâ€™s election and the prestigious White House Correspondents Association Merriman Smith award for his coverage of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Ron Fournier, former chief political writer for the Associated Press (AP), discusses his new book Applebee's America: What Political, Business, and Religious Leaders Can Learn from Each Other. The book, co-authored by former senior Bush strategist Matthew Dowd and former senior advisor to President Clinton Doug Sosnik, examines the role that "values" had in the 2004 presidential election and how it influenced business, religious and political leaders. Drawing from his interviews with middleclass citizens from around the nation, Fournier says that patterns appear across the greater part of the American spectrum. He also talks about the "Generation 9/11," which describes young people who were in high school or college during the 9/11 attacks as more optimistic, civic-minded, and politically active than most Americans