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John Harwood

CNBC Editor at Large

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.

Follow John Harwood on Twitter @johnjharwood.



    CNBC's John Harwood reports that Ted Cruz is projected to be the winner in his home state of Texas, and neighboring Oklahoma, but Donald Trump won in five other states, including Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. And Hillary Clinton had a very good night on the Democratic side, winning all but Vermont and Oklahoma, which went to Bernie Sanders.


    Hillary Clinton continued to win in the South. And Republican front runner Donald Trump had a good night, as well, even though Ted Cruz managed to hold his home state and win Oklahoma. The focus now shifts to the Midwest.

  • NBC projects Clinton defeats Sanders in 5 states

    NBC News projects Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will defeat Bernie Sanders in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia, but Sanders is the projected winner in Vermont. CNBC's John Harwood reports on the twelve states holding primaries or caucusus on Super Tuesday.

  • Trump projected winner in GA primary: NBC

    Twelve states are holding primaries or caucusus on Super Tuesday, and polls are closed in three states: Georgia, Vermont and Virginia. CNBC's John Harwood reports on NBC's projected winners.

  • Super Tuesday showdown

    Thirteen states voting today in the single biggest day of the primaries. CNBC’s John Harwood reports the latest details.

  • Super Tuesday breakdown

    CNBC's John Harwood provides a preview of what's at stake for the presidential candidates with delegates in 12 states up for grabs.

  • Christie endorses Trump

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorses GOP candidate Donald Trump. CNBC's John Harwood reports the details.

  • GOP unleash fireworks at final debate before Super Tuesday

    It was a night filled with accusations and attacks, reports CNBC's John Harwood with highlights of the Republican debate.

  • The GOP primary battle

    Donald Trump has won his third state in a row now taking Nevada. As his streak continues, CNBC's John Harwood reports what the other candidates are facing to catch up.

  • Trump scores big win in Nevada

    CNBC's John Harwood has the results from Tuesday's Nevada caucus where Donald Trump captured 46 percent.

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