White House Correspondent
John Harwood is a CNN White House correspondent based in Washington, DC.
John Harwood is a CNN White House correspondent covering the the Biden administration.
Prior to joining CNN in January 2020, he served as CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent from 2006 to 2019. Harwood has offered political analysis for The New York Times, NBC, MSNBC, NPR and PBS. He has covered each of the last nine presidential elections.
During the 2008 campaign, Harwood broke the news that Republican nominee John McCain had selected Sarah Palin as his running mate. He received an Emmy nomination for his live CNBC town hall with President Barack Obama in 2010. He also moderated Republican presidential debates on CNBC in 2011 and 2015. He is the co-author, with Gerald F. Seib, of Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power.
Prior to CNBC, he joined The Wall Street Journal as a White House correspondent in 1991, covering the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Later Harwood reported on Congress before becoming The Wall Street Journal's political editor and chief political correspondent in 1997. He contributed to Journal coverage of terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, for which the newspaper's staff received the Pulitzer Prize.
Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Harwood worked at The St. Petersburg Times, where he reported 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 traveled extensively in South Africa to cover deepening unrest against the apartheid regime.
John Harwood has been in and around journalism all his life. Born in Louisville, KY, he grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation's capital. His first trip on a presidential campaign plane came when he accompanied his father, then a political reporter for The Washington Post, at age 11. In high school, he began his own career as a student journalist and as a copy boy at The Washington Star.
He studied history and economics at Duke University, graduating magna cum laude in 1978. In 1989, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year.