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Dzwonkowski_Ron_100.jpgFrom MSU Today: Ron Dzwonkowski is the editorial page editor at The Detroit Free Press. In that capacity, he is responsible for the newspaper’s institutional views on the issues of the day, for political endorsements, and for the various opinion letters and columns that appear in the newspaper. He has been at the Free Press since 1983 and in his current position since June of 1998.

Ron is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, but more a part of Michigan. He moved with his family to Michigan in 1968 when his father took a job transfer and has lived here since. He attended the University of Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University.

Ron has been in the news business in Michigan since 1971. As a reporter and editor, he has covered politics, sports, crime, the auto industry, state government and suburban news. He has seen Michigan through its good times and bad, and written stories about people from Monroe to the Keweenaw Peninsula.

We recently caught up with Ron on Mackinac Island to get his thoughts on the issues of the day. We talked from the porch at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, site of the Detroit Regional Chamber‘s annual Mackinac Policy Conference.

Ron talks about the state of the newspaper business and how he’s really in the information business rather than the newspaper business. And he tells us the skills that the journalist of the near future will need to have to thrive in this ever-changing field.

Ron wonders if the British system can help Michigan’s struggling economy. He’s deeply concerned about the ballooning federal deficit and says it really does matter who leads Michigan.

Ron covered Spartan football for the Associated Press in the late 70s and early 80s.

Hosted by Russ White.

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