John Harwood

CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent

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.

Follow John Harwood on Twitter @johnjharwood.


  • Pennsylvania Avenue Profiles in Backroom Power by John Harwood & Gerald F. Seib

    Last night our book tour for Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power took me to a very cool place--the set of Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The building on West 52nd street doesn't look imposing from the street, but inside it's comfortable and welcoming.

  • Pennsylvania Avenue Profiles in Backroom Power by John Harwood & Gerald F. Seib

    There are two really outstanding things about the Charlie Rose show, which is an essential stop on any author's book tour. One is Charlie himself, who is an outstanding interviewer. He asks sophisticated questions and gives guests time to answer.

  • Pennsylvania Avenue Profiles in Backroom Power by John Harwood & Gerald F. Seib

    I have a confession to make. There's something that, at this moment, i cannot do with out. It's not booze. It's not drugs. It's not french fries. It's the Amazon.com sales rankings for books! That's because I am co-author, with my longtime journalistic colleague Jerry Seib, of the new book "Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power."

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