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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Journalists in Washington spend most of their time focusing on warfare between Democrats and Republicans. There's a good reason for that: in the dysfunctional capital city of 2007, warfare is what they do best.
Hillary Clinton performed strongly at last night's Democratic debate in Nevada. She needed too, after a difficult two weeks in which she harmed her own cause and Barack Obama found his stride. But that doesn't mean that the "Clinton is champ" storyline is any more certain now than the "Obama is surging" was last week.
Those of who follow political campaigns often can't discern turning points until the campaigns are over. The 2008 contest may be no different. But just now there's a sense of ferment in both parties' presidential contests--and it's happening awfully close to the Jan 3 kickoff of the nomination process in Iowa.
The other night I attended the concert by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Verizon Center here in Washington, DC. Some people I know attach religious significance to Springsteen concerts. I think politicians have something to learn from Bruce, too.
As Ron Paul's online army is well aware, I have been candidly skeptical about the Texas Congressman's chances of actually winning anything in the Republican race for president. But after spending part of the weekend on the campus of my alma mater, Duke University, I was reminded of a salient fact I had overlooked: Paul attended Duke Medical School.
Our new NBC News-Wall Street Journal Poll provides one more occasion for supporters of Ron Paul to face the music. Yes, he raised an impressive $5-million in the third quarter, matching John McCain. Yes, he recently hauled in an eye-popping $4-million in 24 hours using the Internet.
Of all the numbers in our NBC-WSJ poll, this one really stood out for me: among voters in the highest income group--those earning more than $100,000--they want a Democrat to win the White House next year by 48 percent to 41 percent.
With fewer than two months to go before the all-important Iowa caucuses, our new WSJ-NBC poll gives a great snapshot of where the race stands nationally. Of course the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire give a different competitive picture (Mitt Romney leads both among Republicans, while Hillary Clinton faces a battle in Iowa from both Barack Obama and John Edwards).
Democrats enter the 2008 presidential race with powerful political advantages. But they face a tough and unpredictable battle because of the vulnerabilities of front-runner Hillary Clinton. A new Wall Street Journal-NBC poll shows that Americans have turned sharply away from President Bush and toward domestic issues favoring his partisan adversaries
As a confirmed political reporting junkie, I ought to be prepared to describe for you the grave significance of tonight's odd-year election results. But alas my respect for the truth forbids it. This is an Election Day that doesn't mean much.
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Meet the business turnaround king Marcus Lemonis. He's spending millions of his own money to save failing businesses. The Profit returns this October!
Entrepreneurs can learn by seeking advice from business owners before them - especially Marcus Lemonis of CNBC's "The Profit." With his hands in more than 100 businesses, Lemonis dispenses advice daily on social media. Here on "The Biz Fix" he answers some often-asked questions.
These designers hope to replace disposable plastic cups with their biodegradable, edible cup called Loliware.
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