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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.


  • Next Monday's GOP debate canceled

    Donald Trump says he would not attend next week's GOP debate in Utah, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • CNBC’s John Harwood sat down with House Speaker Paul Ryan in a "Speakeasy" interview at the Capitol Building in Washington DC on March 15, 2016.

    Ryan won't accept the GOP presidential nomination, his spokeswoman said a day after he declined to rule out such a move.

  • Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump stands between his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (L) and his son Eric (R) as he speaks about the results of the Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri primary elections.

    Tuesday's primaries left mainstream GOPers with hope that Donald Trump could still be stopped.

  • Mega Tuesday delegate count

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on the results on Tuesday's primaries and what it means for the road ahead. Also Harwood talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan about whether he would consider a run for the White House.

  • Both parties 'coming unglued' on free trade: Dan Senor

    Dan Senor, Foreign Policy Initiative, and Steven Rattner, Willett Advisors, share their thoughts on why there is a lack of specific details from the candidates on both sides on how they would solve the country's economic problems, including manufacturing jobs and trade policies.

  • Primary should not be held: RNC member

    It is our job to manage the party, says Curly Haugland, RNC Rules Committee, sharing his thoughts on Republican rules at the upcoming convention.

  • Headed towards a contested convention: Unbound delegate

    Curly Haugland, RNC Rules Committee, and Gary Emineth, former chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, talk about Republican convention rules and why it could lead to a contested convention.

  • Clinton piles up more wins

    CNBC's John Harwood reports Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both had good nights as the candidates nudge closer to their party's nomination. And John Harwood talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan about whether he will take a run at the White House.

  • Clinton on track, Trump a ways to go

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on last night's primary results where Hillary Clinton sweeps all five primaries, while Donald Trump takes four of the five states up for grabs and John Kasich wins his home state of Ohio. Also Marco Rubio announces he is leaving the race, and John Harwood talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan about whether he is considering a run for the White House.

  • Paul Ryan won't rule out accepting GOP nom

    In an exclusive interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, House Speaker Paul Ryan declined to rule out accepting the Republican nomination if neither Trump nor any of his rivals has a majority of delegates at the GOP convention in Cleveland this summer.

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