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.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on the Republican primary results and tallies up the math on delegates in the Democratic race.
CNBC's John Harwood reports both political parties set their differences aside to remember former First Lady Nancy Reagan who died Sunday at the age of 94.
CNBC's John Harwood sits down with Democratic presidential candidate and former First Lady Hillary Clinton to talk about key issues in her campaign.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said her tax policy proposals will stop the gaming of the system.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with CNBC’s John Harwood in a “Speakeasy” interview to discuss her stance on Wall Street, her opinion of Bernie Sanders’ campaign and her emphasis that voters should elect an agenda rather than a candidate.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton rebuked the notion that she has developed defensive tactics from years spent working in politics. “I’ll go anywhere to meet with anybody to find common ground,” she told CNBC's John Harwood.