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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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady tells CNBC’s John Harwood that he would like to see the TPP “move sooner rather than later,” assuming the White House addresses some key problems with the Agreement.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady tells CNBC’s John Harwood that the Fed should end its dual mandate. Brady believes the Fed needs to stay focused exclusively on keeping the dollar stable.
CNBC’s John Harwood joked with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady about the GOP’s seven-year losing streak in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Brady says Republicans will eke out a victory this year.
Wisconsin produced the results Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have been dreaming of. Now what do they do?
CNBC's John Harwood reports on Wisconsin voting results as Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz sweep ahead with votes.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on Wisconsin's primary results as front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump lag behind.
CNBC's John Harwood reports front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton got beaten soundly in a large state, as Trump loses by 14 points to challenger Ted Cruz and although Bernie Sanders won the majority, it was not a huge delegate haul for him.