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John Harwood

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.


  • Sec. Lew: White House will not negotiate debt limit

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew explains why he is urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling as the nation fast approaches its debt limit by mid-October, with CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Summers likely pick for Fed chair: Harwood Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 6:11 AM ET
    Summers likely pick for Fed chair: Harwood

    CNBC's John Harwood reports Lawrence "Larry" Summers is a front runner in the race to replace Ben Bernanke; and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has warned Congress the government will reach its debt limit sometime in mid-October.

  • US military action in Syria? Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 11:07 AM ET
    US military action in Syria?

    The White House is considering military action after reports surfaced the Syrian government used chemical weapons, reports CNBC's John Harwood. And, Jerry Seib, WSJ Washington bureau chief, shares insight on the struggle in the Middle East.

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