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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2008 may prove better than most political years for surviving charges of flip-flopping. And Barack Obama and John McCain have both set out to test their luck.
Barack Obama faced a difficult choice for the fall campaign. He could follow through on his commitment to strike a deal with John McCain on remaining within the public financing system for the general election, or he could opt out of the system and cash in on the huge financial advantage he has displayed over John McCain.
As the American media's leading political analyst, he played a role far beyond the viewership of NBC's "Meet the Press." Grilling candidates respectfully, moderating debates fairly, interpreting election results with the insight of a former political operative...
Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain by 47%-41% in the 2008 race for the White House, according to the first NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted after Mr. Obama wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination.
A couple of my colleagues back at CNBC headquarters thought Obama looked subdued and serious during the interview. "He needs to lighten up," one of them said. But of course they didn't the Obama I saw off camera, who was plenty loose.
As he campaigned against racial integration in the 1960s, George Wallace complained "there's not a dime's worth of difference" between the Democratic and Republican parties. But nowadays that's only true in primary elections.
Some people assume the worst about Hillary Clinton, who tomorrow will formally end his campaign for the Democratic nomination and endorse Barack Obama. And those people have had a field day with her campaign's endgame, seeing Clinton as caring only about herself.
Some Democratic strategists had earlier speculated that she wouldn’t want the vice presidential slot, since as First Lady during the 1990s she had already been as close to the Oval Office as someone can get without being chief executive.
By now the 2008 Democratic primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, which concludes tomorrow (Tuesday) with contests in Montana and South Dakota, has developed a story line so reliable pundits can recite it in their sleep.