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 reports Donald Trump is turning up the rhetorical heat against rival Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in three crucial 2016 battleground states, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist surveys.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on Donald Trump's economic plan for the country as a recent poll shows him slipping behind rival Hillary Clinton while fellow Republican Sen. Susan Collins writes she cannot support him.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest on Donald Trump's most recent speech as he lays out his economic plan.
Donald Trump will be in Detroit today where he is expected to unveil his economic plan, reports CNBC's John Harwood.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on the results of the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing Donald Trump falling well behind Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton nearly doubled her lead over Donald Trump since July in a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll conducted after the conventions.