John Harwood is Editor at Large for CNBC covering Washington and 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 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 and NPR, among others. Harwood has covered each of the last nine presidential elections.
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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.
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Hillary Clinton discusses her view on small businesses with CNBC's John Harwood and names specific problem areas.
Hillary Clinton discusses Bernie Sanders and both of their respective tax plans with CNBC's John Harwood.
Hillary Clinton discusses her views on middle class America with CNBC's John Harwood.
CNBC's John Harwood speaks with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Detroit about her views including the middle class, taxes, business in America, and the private email server scandal.
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CNBC's John Harwood provides highlights from Thursday night's contentious Republican face off.
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