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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Suddenly the Democratic presidential primary race is teetering on the edge--not just between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but between boon or disaster for the party’s 2008 hopes. So far, the clash between two history-making candidacies has only helped. In state after state, Democrats displayed their enthusiasm through robust primary turnouts that drew in many new voters.
So the Democrats are just determined to deny any down time at all for those of us who've been running around the country covering the 2008 campaign. Not only will to process go on until at least April 22 and the Pennsylvania primary, it may well go a lot longer.
Here’s what happened in last night’s primaries: Hillary Clinton showed impressive resilience vs. Barack Obama. She did it with grit and perhaps even a little humor, including appearances on Saturday Night Live and Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. But here's what didn't happen...
When 22 states selected Democratic delegates on a single day last month, the sheer scale and complexity of "Super Tuesday" made election night returns difficult to follow. Today’s "Junior Tuesday" election could have a decisive impact on the nomination race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
This week, more than any other of the 2008 Democratic campaign, has acquired an air of decisiveness. That’s because four primary contests on Tuesday could extinguish Hillary Clinton’s hope for overtaking Barack Obama.
It's clear from our non-scientific survey that you readers, do not believe the MSNBC debate in Cleveland on Tuesday did much to help Hillary Clinton reverse her slide in the race against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.
As you'll see from my interview with Ohio Gov Ted Strickland, a Hillary Clinton supporter, he believes that both candidates did well in Tuesday night's debate in Cleveland. That doesn't sound like what Mrs. Clinton needed at a time when Barack Obama is surging nationally, pulling even with her in Texas, and drawing close in Ohio.
Here's a change that Hillary Clinton's campaign really can believe in: there's no chance whatsoever that she will lose to Barack Obama this week. That's because, after a remorseless march of contests that began 48 hours after the New Year dawned, there are no Democratic delegate selection contests.
Hillary Clinton faces a huge challenge over the next 10 days in trying to reverse Barack Obama's momentum enough to win Ohio and Texas on march 4 and get back into the race for the Democratic nomination. In last night's debate in Austin, Clinton worked all angles.
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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.”
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