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John Harwood

John Harwood
CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent

John Harwood is Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. Harwood hosts the CNBC Digital original video series "Speakeasy with John Harwood."

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 Nightly News" and PBS' "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs. Harwood has covered each of the last eight presidential elections.

Follow John Harwood on Twitter @johnjharwood.


  • U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions at a news conference after his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, May 12, 2016.

    Donald Trump and Paul Ryan say their meeting left them "totally committed" to working together.

  • Ryan: How do we unify?

    CNBC's John Harwood recaps Donald Trump's meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan in Washington today.

  • Paul Ryan eventually endorses Trump: Weber
    By: Jon Fortt

    House Speaker Paul Ryan remarked on "encouraging" conversations with GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday. Former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber of Mercury, thinks Ryan eventually endorses Trump, and Lars Larson, Compass Media Networks host, doesn't see Ryan endorsing Trump's wall.

  • Paul Ryan's meeting with Trump
    By: Jon Fortt

    CNBC's John Harwood provides perspective on House Speaker Paul Ryan's comments after meeting with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, and whether Ryan is on the path to endorsing Trump or not for president.

  • Many areas of common ground: Trump & Ryan
    By: Jon Fortt

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's conversation with House Speaker Paul Ryan, and the joint statement from both.

  • Trump goes to Capitol Hill

    CNBC's John Harwood reports Donald Trump on Capitol Hill to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republicans.

  • GOP leaders to meet with Trump

    Donald Trump is headed to Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet with Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republicans, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Bernie Sanders reacts to cheering supporters during a campaign rally in Sacramento, California, May 9, 2016.

    Voters in West Virginia helped Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders score another election night victory as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton slogs towards the nomination. Meanwhile Trump is heading to Washington to see if he can pull the Republican Party together, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Trump to meet with GOP leaders

    CNBC's John Harwood looks at the Nebraska and West Virginia primaries as well as Donald Trump's upcoming meetings with Republican Party leaders.

  • Bernie Sanders leads West Virginia polls

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on what we should watch in the primaries today.

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