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 from Manchester, New Hampshire, on comments by former GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham, in regards to immigration and the top three candidates after Iowa's caucus.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on the close results for both political parties in Iowa as the candidates make their way to the Granite State for the next leg of the presidential race.
CNBC's John Harwood runs through last night's caucus results as Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton win Iowa and candidates move on to New Hampshire.
Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton win Iowa and candidates move on to New Hampshire, reports CNBC's John Harwood.
CNBC's John Harwood reports it's getting rough out on the campaign trail as candidates sprint for the finish line.
CNBC's John Harwood reports from Des Moines, Iowa, where after months of polling and debates, the Iowa caucus day is finally here.
CNBC's John Harwood provides a preview of today's Iowa caucuses where polls show a close race on both sides.