John Harwood

John Harwood

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John Harwood is Chief Washington Correspondent of CNBC and a political writer for the New York Times.

Harwood was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation’s capital. He has been around journalism and politics all his life; his first trip on a presidential campaign press plane came when he was 11 years old and accompanied his father, then a political reporter for the Washington Post.

While still in high school, he began his journalism career as a copy boy at the Washington Star. He studied history and economics at Duke University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978. Harwood subsequently joined the St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, investigative projects, local government and politics. Later he became state capital correspondent in Tallahassee, Washington correspondent and Political Editor. While covering national politics, he also traveled extensively to South Africa, where he covered deepening unrest against the apartheid regime.

In 1989, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year. In 1991, he joined The Wall Street Journal as White House correspondent, covering the administration of the George H. W. Bush. Later Harwood reported on Congress. In 1997, he became the Journal’s Political Editor and chief political correspondent.

Harwood writes the newspaper’s political column, Washington Wire, and oversees the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In March 2006, he joined CNBC as Chief Washington Correspondent.

In addition to CNBC, Harwood offers political analysis on NBC's "Meet the Press" and PBS's "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs. Harwood has covered each of the last five presidential elections. He lives with his wife and their three children in Silver Spring, Md.

  • Chief Washington correspondent for NBC News.
  • Father, Richard Harwood, was a reporter and writer for the Washington Post. Mother was an active campaigner for the presidential campaign of 'Robert F. Kennedy' (qv) in 1968 and Harwood, at age 11, appeared in a TV ad for Kennedy's 1968 campaign.
  • Chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a writer for the New York Times.
  • A 1978 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University. Also served as a Newman Fellow at Harvard University.

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