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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I had a particular interest in today’s page one New York Times story on John McCain because I write for the newspaper in addition to my day job in television. The story created an immediate sensation as soon as it was released electronically, taking over cable TV political shows last night and dominating morning shows on cable and broadcast networks alike.
The worlds of politics and pop culture have intersected for decades. In 1960, John F. Kennedy enhanced his aura of glamour by associating with Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack; later Marilyn Monroe famously sang to him, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” But rarely have the two worlds fused as auspiciously for a candidate as they have for Barack Obama this spring.
The liberal “netroots” group MoveOn.org has emerged as a force in Democratic politics in recent years. It estimates that its 2.3-million members in 2004 donated $180-million to political causes, not to mention activism aside from their checkbooks. Now the organization boasts 3.2-million members.
Few Democrats are as close to all side in the 2008 presidential primary race as Sen. Chuck Schumer. His home-state colleague, Hillary Clinton, is on one side. His colleague from Illinois, Barack Obama, is on the other.
I blogged on Monday about the pattern of support that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have attracted in Democratic nomination contests up to now. The key to breaking the deadlock of their close race is breaking that pattern. Has that now happened?
The hardest thing to come by in politics is genuine enthusiasm. Campaigns can buy ads, and direct mail pieces, and robo-calling phone banks. They can't buy zeal. Democrats have it right now. You could see it in last week's Super Tuesday primary results, when even in conservative "red" states more people turned out to vote in Democratic primaries than in Republican ones.
Barack Obama scored impressive weekend victories over Hillary Clinton in several Democratic presidential nomination contests. He’s well positioned for this week’s voting in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
On the way to an interview with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, I ran into one of the best-known Republican mavericks, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. Hagel has figured in discussions of a potential independent candidacy by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this fall, as a potential running mate for Bloomberg.
Mitt Romney's decision to quit the Republican race is terrific news for John McCain. It removes the challenger with both the money and the message to hurt John McCain politically, even if he couldn't win the Republican nomination for himself. An expensively broadcast attack on McCain's conservative credentials is not what the Arizona senator needs right now.
It's Jeff vs Roundman, literally. They decide to race against each other for pink slips to prove who the better driver is.
This year's show displayed fun and functionality, as well as excess and efficiency.
Meggan Bailey, star of CNBC Prime's "The Car Chasers," tells you how to properly market your car so it's sure to sell.
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.