The National Journal analyzes the results of the 2012 Presidential Election.
Part 1: Presidential Race
Jill Lawrence, Managing Editor, Politics, National Journal
Ron Fournier, Editor-in-Chief, National Journal
Beth Reinhard, Political Correspondent, National Journal
Ron Fournier is the senior political columnist and editorial director of National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington bureau chief. A Detroit native, Mr. Fournier began his career in Arkansas, first with the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and then with the Arkansas Democrat and the AP, where he covered the state legislature and Gov. Bill Clinton. In January 1993, Mr. Fournier moved to Washington, where he covered the White House and presidential campaigns for the AP.
Jill Lawrence is National Journal’s managing editor for politics and also writes for 2012 Decoded. Her previous positions have included senior correspondent and columnist for Politics Daily, national political correspondent for USA Today, and national political writer for The Associated Press. Ms. Lawrence has also written about politics and policy for The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other publications. She has covered every presidential campaign since 1988 and many other historic events, including the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, the Clinton impeachment, the 2000 Florida recount, and the 1993 and 2009 battles over health reform.
Ms. Lawrence has won national recognition for her work, most recently a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2010 for her Politics Daily columns. In 2004, Columbia Journalism Review named her one of the top 10 campaign reporters in the country. Her deep, detailed reporting for “One Nation, Divided,” a multi-part series published in USA Today in 2002, was featured in the IRE Journal. Ms. Lawrence has taught journalism at American University and has appeared at other universities as a guest lecturer and panelist. She is a University of Michigan graduate and holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.
Beth Reinhard is a political correspondent for National Journal and also contributes to 2012 Decoded. Prior to joining National Journal in November, Reinhard was the political writer at The Miami Herald. She covered local, statewide and national campaigns and wrote a weekly column on politics for 11 years. She previously worked at The Palm Beach Post, Education Week and The Home News. Born and raised in Miami, Reinhard received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.
National Journal editor Ron Fournier describes the two rival camps in the Republican Party who will soon fight for party leadership. According to Fournier, either the priests, the conservative evangelicals, or the mathematicians, the populist-leaning moderates, will gain control.