John F. Harris is editor-in-chief of POLITICO, a print newspaper based in Washington D.C. and news website (politico.com) which he helped launch in 2007.
Prior to that he spent more than 20 years as a reporter for The Washington Post where he covered local politics, state politics in Virginia, and national politics. He started with the paper in 1985 as a summer intern and worked his way up through a succession of local and national beats. In 1990, Harris was moved to the Richmond bureau, where he covered Virginia state government and politics for four years, including the turbulent and historic tenure of Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the first African American elected governor in the United States since Reconstruction.
From 1995 to 2001, Harris covered the Clinton White House and later expanded on that reporting in a history of Bill Clinton's presidency, "The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House." He also co-authored with Mark Halperin of ABC News a book on presidential politics, "The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008."
Harris also served as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 2003 — focusing on the Clinton presidency and national politics.
A native of Rochester, New York, Harris graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he studied American history. He and his wife Ann O’Hanlon live in Northern Virginia with their three children.