Ron started at The Californian in 1997 as a freelance writer and joined the staff full-time in 2004. His first newspaper job was a staff writer for The Signal in Santa Clarita in 1989, where he worked for four years. He was a regular freelance writer for the Los Angeles Times, Daily News, and the Antelope Valley News Press before moving to Bakersfield.

Ron attended College of the Canyons and Cal State Stanislaus, where he played four years of basketball, and participated in the campus newspaper.

He has been married to Debbie for 21 years and has five children: Melanie 20; Cody 19, Ryan 17, Megan 15 and Ronnie 11.