John Harwood is chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. He writes the weekly column "Political Memo" for the paper.
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 Wall Street Journal's Political Editor and chief political correspondent.
While at The Wall Street Journal, Harwood wrote the newspaper's political column, "Washington Wire," and oversaw 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' "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs. Harwood has covered each of the last five presidential elections.
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Watch what politicians do, not what they say: John McCain has been trying to reassure his base that he's an economic conservative. But here's McCain, on MSNBC's Morning Joe today, embracing the new Senate housing bill include federal money for new housing tax credits and state housing bonds.
The rapid progress in Washington on bipartisan housing legislation, as on the earlier stimulus legislation, shows how strongly fear can change the mind of politicians. Congressional Republicans, taking cues from their free-market leader at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, had generally been keeping their distance from the idea that further action is necessary on the housing mess.
OK, for a while I thought my little peace-making idea (see my last pre-vacation post) was working. I'd look from time to time at my blackberry, and found NOT A SINGLE MESSAGE from Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton trash-talking each other. Maybe I HAD helped turned down the volume on the Democratic primary noise machine.
We all know how many Americans are sick of political bickering, all the more so as the Clinton-Obama race for the Democratic nomination drag on through the spring. Well, I've decided to do my part. For the next few days, I have retreated under what Agent 86 on Get Smart used to call the "cone of silence."
Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee has proposed a fascinating exit strategy for the Democrats' nomination-race dilemma. He wants a special "primary" for the uncommitted "super-delegates" to settle the choice between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
The bitter fight between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is a gift to the presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain. It's the gift of time to strengthen his campaign this spring. But McCain needs to use that time well, because even though he has moved ahead in some national polls, the Iraq war, the slumping economy and the unpopularity of President Bush...
2007 was a lousy year for John McCain, who lost his status as the Republican presidential front-runner and saw huge chunks of his campaign staff walk out the door. But in 2008, his campaign manager Rick Davis points out, he's "the luckiest guy in American politics."
That sound you hear around the nation's capital is the political class, chortling. They're amused (rather than outraged) by the spectacle of so many on Wall Street extended their hands, palms up, seeking financial help from Washington.
The public phase of the Democratic presidential race will now pause, briefly, for a back-to-the-future experiment in backroom deal-making. It's an unusual turn for the self-styled party of the people, which began four decades ago to throw open the doors of its nomination process to rank-and-file voters.
Time once again to share your mail, and answer some of yours messages. Thanks for writing, and keep 'em coming. From Patty: "Geraldine Ferraro basically called Senator Obama Senator Edwards. Is that such an insult? I hasten to add that I believe that if Senator Clinton's preacher of 20 plus years was advocating singing "God Damn America,"
It's the biggest car sale of the year! Get a preview into all the big deals and hot wheels on the season finale of The Car Chasers.
Meggan Bailey of CNBC's "The Car Chasers" says bad paperwork is one of many mistakes people can make after buying a car.
This year's show displayed fun and functionality, as well as excess and efficiency.
Marcus is helping Michael negotiate with the bank. Does Michael have what it takes to wheel the best deal for Mr. Green Tea?
Michael is ready to take Mr. Green Tea to the next level but his dad doesn't feel the same way.
It's time to sign on the dotted line. The expansion of Mr. Green Tea depends on Rich signing the deal -- but can he bring himself to do it?
James Bowman, an assistant U.S. attorney in California, details David Kaup's mortgage scams. After the fraudster was featured on CNBC’s "American Greed: The Fugitives," the FBI got tips that led to his arrest.
Tips sent by viewers of CNBC's "American Greed: The Fugitives" led to the FBI's apprehending one of its “most wanted.”
Where would an American fugitive run to flee the long arm of the law? Here are 10 places to hide out.
From a luxury survival silo to a super secret mega-party, here's a peek inside the Secret Lives of the Super Rich.
The super rich do the same things you do. But, the way they do them couldn't be more different. You Know you’re super rich when ...
These six words mean one thing to most people and something totally different to the super rich. Life has complications.