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 on the results of the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing Donald Trump falling well behind Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton nearly doubled her lead over Donald Trump since July in a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll conducted after the conventions.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest on the divide in the Republican Party over Donald Trump including the plans for a potential intervention for the candidate from some of his biggest allies.
Donald Trump's behavior in recent days has strained the nerves of his campaign staff as he falls behind in the polls.
Vin Weber, a key early lieutenant in the Newt Gingrich revolution, says he may not remain a Republican if Donald Trump is elected.
CNBC’s John Harwood discusses the turmoil in the Trump campaign and how Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is throwing her support behind Hillary Clinton.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest on the discord inside both the Donald Trump campaign and the GOP.