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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How can you tell which politicians are running for office? Easy: they're the ones who support a halt in the filling of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve! Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain are all on board.
So has Hillary Clinton's battle between Barack Obama been going on forever, or does it just seem that way? When the battle effectively began--in Oct. 2006 when Mr. Obama declared he had changed his mind and was considering a White House bid--the average price of gas then stood at $2.20-a-gallon.
It's funny the way politicians in different circumstances and different parties try to surf the same waves. I saw John McCain speak in Baton Rouge last night. He made an argument about government reform that mirrored the successful campaign themes of Louisiana's new governor Bobby Jindal
Hillary Clinton had a very strong debate last night. Barack Obama did not. Those (Obama allies) criticizing the performance of ABC moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos are wrong in my view.
After a six week lull, Democratic presidential candidates return to the debate stage on Wednesday. And that means the trailing candidate, Hillary Clinton, has a decision to make: whether to be aggressive or more subdued in her approach to front-runner Barack Obama.
In politics first impressions matter a lot, and John McCain made a good one on the American people in 2000. It still benefits him today now that he has locked up the GOP presidential nomination.
Howard Dean has made sparks fly for years. His feisty 2004 presidential campaign broke fund-raising records at the time, tapping the power of the Internet in a way that signaled the path Barack Obama has followed this year.
When the 2008 presidential race began in earnest last year, no one could have imagined the Iraq war as a change of subject. But that’s what it was when Congressional testimony took John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama away from the top campaign issue--the slumping economy.