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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Here is my interview with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who's a supporter of Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. It's now down to Clinton and Barack Obama. Both are in a debate tonight in Los Angeles.
Here's a video clip from this morning where I talk about John Edwards' decision to leave the Democratic presidential primary race. I talked to the Edwards' camp as well as to the Clinton people and Obama's. The speculation is that some of the Edwards' supporters such as union members will probably go to Hillary Clinton while "change" voters will go to Obama.
This week showcases an unusual role reversal: someplace else, for at least a moment, will look angrier and more dysfunctional than political Washington. Scarcely a minute passes on the 2008 campaign trail without ritual denunciations of paralysis in the capital because of infighting between Democrats and President Bush’s Republicans.
Here is my talk with Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe, about Obama's race against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. This was done last week--before the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily--but it's worth listening to Plouffe talk about the fight for delegates in 22 states on Feb. 5--and about the attacks from former President Bill Clinton. Seems no love lost here.
I woke up Wednesday morning in Washington DC, where economic crisis, which in turn means political crisis, was in the air. Fed Chairman Bernanke had cut rates the day before and helped calm financial markets. But the White House and Congress wanted to do more. Republican and Democratic leaders, who normally have guns drawn on each other, were huddling behind closed door.
Mitt Romney's big win in Michigan last night signals that both parties have wide-open 2008 nomination races--but for much different reasons. Republicans are dispirited and divided, about the merits of their candidates and also about hot-button issues such as immigration and abortion.
Received political wisdom is running smack into economic reality. It’s not yet clear which force will prove more powerful. For presidential contenders, the collision takes place in Michigan, Nevada and South Carolina.
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.
If you have a spare million lying around, here’s a list of ridiculously expensive supercars that could be yours.
Meggan Bailey of CNBC's "The Car Chasers" says bad paperwork is one of many mistakes people can make after buying a car.
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?
Eric Bartoli was arrested Dec. 11 in Peru. He he been on the run for almost a decade, wanted for his alleged involvement in stealing millions from investors in the U.S. and Latin America.
The accused mastermind of a $65 million scam featured on "American Greed: The Fugitives" has been apprehended by authorities.
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.