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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Thirteen states voting today in the single biggest day of the primaries. CNBC’s John Harwood reports the latest details.
CNBC's John Harwood provides a preview of what's at stake for the presidential candidates with delegates in 12 states up for grabs.
It was a night filled with accusations and attacks, reports CNBC's John Harwood with highlights of the Republican debate.
CNBC's John Harwood has the results from Tuesday's Nevada caucus where Donald Trump captured 46 percent.
CNBC's John Harwood reports Donald Trump won by a whopping twenty percent margin in Tuesday Nevada caucuses.
CNBC's John Harwood reports a national poll shows frontrunner Donald Trump at 36 percent as Republican candidates head into the Nevada caucuses.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump taking the lead this weekend, and Jeb Bush suspending his campaign.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the Republican field just got smaller as Jeb Bush suspends his campaign while Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton score big wins this weekend.