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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Reigniting the Obamacare repeal debate, and failing to succeed, deepens internal Republican fissures and delays tax reform.
CNBC's Kayla Tausche and John Harwood report the latest on the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare with the Graham-Cassidy bill.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on Americans' reaction to tax reform and support for President Trump.
The survey shows no groundswell of support for tax cuts. But most Americans agree that tax cuts for corporations could help spur job creation.
CNBC's John Harwood breaks down how the Graham-Cassidy health care bill intends to use a block grant system to get health care money to the states.
Republicans need 22 more votes from among the 24 GOP senators representing states that would get less money under the latest Obamacare repeal bill.
"I consider myself the polar opposite of him," Franken said, referring to President Donald Trump.
Former SNL comedian and potential presidential candidate Al Franken says he’s willing to do the work the current president won’t.
Senator Al Franken, who played the late Sen. Paul Simon on SNL, now tries to follow his example.