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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.


  • Poll Results: Who's to Blame For 'Fiscal Cliff?' Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 6:20 AM ET
    Poll Results: Who's to Blame For 'Fiscal Cliff?'

    CNBC's John Harwood reveals the results of a recent NBC/WSJ poll that shows Americans want action when it comes to the "fiscal cliff."

  • Obama Has 'Mandate' to Increase Taxes on Rich: Poll Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 6:30 PM ET
    President Obama Visits Daimler Plant

    A majority of Americans wants a compromise to avoid the "cliff," and most back President Barack Obama's prescription for doing so, according to a new NBC News/WSJ poll.

  • 'Fiscal Cliff' Tug-of-War Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 1:14 PM ET
    'Fiscal Cliff' Tug-of-War

    CNBC's John Harwood has the results of a new poll on the "cliff" economy and leadership in Washington. Also, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) discusses the battle on Capitol Hill over a "fiscal cliff" compromise, and whether he is willing to seek cuts in entitlement programs.

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