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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.


  • 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.

  • Trump and Clinton's Mega Tuesday chances

    CNBC's John Harwood looks at today's primaries and whether the front-runners for both parties, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, can be stopped.

  • Mega Tuesday's mega showdown

    CNBC's John Harwood takes a look at what it will take to knock Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton from their front-runner position as voters head to the polls in five delegate-rich states in what could be a make or break primary for Marco Rubio and John Kasich.

  • Violence at Trump rallies

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on violence over the weekend at rallies for Donald Trump and how it could play out for him in Tuesday's primaries.

  • Tuesday primaries... what's at stake

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on violence at Donald Trump's rallies over the weekend and takes a look at the latest poll numbers heading into Tuesday's primaries.

  • Toned-down GOP debate

    CNBC's John Harwood has the update from last night's Republican debate where the candidates swapped opinions on taxes and trade.

  • Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. acknowledges his supporters on arrival at a campaign rally, Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Miami.

    Bernie Sanders surprised the pollsters by beating Hillary Clinton in Michigan, but he still needs to win big in larger states ahead.

  • Critical primaries next week

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the current delegate counts for the presidential race and looks at what's ahead on March 15th.

  • Michigan shocks Clinton, goes for Sanders

    This is an emotional blow to Hillary Clinton, says CNBC's John Harwood providing highlights from Tuesday night's political contests.

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