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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CNBC's John Harwood reports that Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), House Financial Services Committee chair, will retire from Congress at the end of this term
Robert Mueller has moved the Trump-Russia investigation from the realm of speculation and debate to sworn testimony and court proceedings.
As if Republicans didn't face enough hurdles in their sprint to cut taxes, here's another one: $1 trillion annual deficits.
The House of Representatives passes the $4 trillion Republican-backed budget resolution. CNBC's Ylan Mui and John Harwood report.
Prominent Republicans have spoken out against the direction of U.S. politics, and some have explicitly criticized President Trump.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) speaking on the Senate floor against President Trump following the news that he will not be seeking re-election.
CNBC's John Harwood reports that Republican Arizona Senator Jeff Flake will not seek re-election.
CNBC's John Harwood breaks down how the Trump administration gets to tax reform with the mounting budget deficit.
CNBC’s Ylan Mui breaks down the recent House GOP press conference and the party leadership's reaction to President Trump's ongoing Twitter feud with Sen. Bob Corker. CNBC's John Harwood also weighs in.