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 the Trump campaign announced today it has raised $51 million since the last week of May.
CNBC's John Harwood discusses the difficulty Donald Trump is having finding a running mate. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Hillary Clinton has handed Donald Trump a huge political gift when he needed it most. Can he take advantage?
CNBC's John Harwood sums up President Obama's statement on how he is going to slow Afghanistan troop withdrawal.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on FBI head James Comey today saying that while there is no clear evidence then-Secretary-of-State Clinton intended to violate the law, there is evidence she and her staff were careless in how they handled sensitive information.
CNBC's John Harwood and Eamon Javers discuss statements made by FBI director James Comey on Hillary Clinton's ongoing case.
CNBC's John Harwood with the latest on how President Obama will be hitting the campaign trail with presumptive democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in North Carolina today.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest poll numbers in the race for the White House.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on how the race for the White House is shaping up and how presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump could be facing trouble in key swing states.