John Harwood joined CNBC as Chief Washington Correspondent in March, 2006. He also writes the weekly Washington Wire column for The Wall Street Journal and overseas the WSJ/NBC News poll. 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 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, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow 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. He has reported on each of the last five American presidential elections. He also offers political analysis on television programs including NBC's Meet the Press and CNN's Newsnight.