John Harwood is Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC and a Political Writer for The New York Times.
Mr. Harwood was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation's capital. 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.
Following graduation Mr. Harwood joined the St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, investigative projects, local government and politics. Later he became state capital correspondent, Washington correspondent and political editor. His assignments ranged from presidential campaigns to unrest against the apartheid regime in South Africa, which he visited three times during the 1980s.
In 1989, Mr. Harwood was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year. He joined The Wall Street Journal in 1991 as White House correspondent. He subsequently covered Congress and national politics, and became national political editor in 1997. In 2006, Mr. Harwood joined CNBC , and a year later began writing for The New York Times.
Mr. Harwood has reported on each of the last seven American presidential elections. In addition to CNBC, he offers political analysis on NBC's “Meet the Press,” “Nightly News,” and various MSNBC programs.
He is co-author with Gerald F. Seib of “Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power” (Random House, 2008).
Mr. Harwood lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.