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.
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CNBC's John Harwood breaks down the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
CNBC's John Harwood provides highlights from Sunday night's contentious presidential debate.
CNBC's John Harwood provides highlights from round two of the presidential debates.
CNBC's John Harwood weighs in on the key moments from the second presidential debate where candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump answered questions on the treatment of Muslims, taxes and the Supreme Court.
After the latest Donald Trump crisis, the theme of the next month will be the scramble of Republican politicians to protect themselves.
CNBC's John Harwood looks ahead to Sunday night's town hall debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
CNBC's John Harwood discusses last night's vice presidential debate, including its potential impact on the November election.
CNBC's John Harwood and Christina Bellantoni, Los Angeles Times, discuss their takeaways from last night's vice presidential debate.