John Harwood

White House Correspondent, CNN

  • Award-winning journalist who’s provided political analysis for CNN, CNBC, The New York Times, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, and PBS
  • Covered each of the last ten presidential elections and moderated two presidential debates
  • Emmy-nominated for live CNBC town hall with President Barack Obama
  • Has finger on the pulse of the latest in the White House and on Capitol Hill, offering an insightful and nonpartisan look at today’s political landscape

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An award-winning journalist and expert in presidential politics, John Harwood is a CNN White House correspondent. Previously, he served as CNBC's chief Washington correspondent and editor-at-large for 13 years, and has offered political analysis for The New York Times, NBC, MSNBC, NPR, and PBS.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Harwood has his finger on the pulse of the latest in the White House and on Capitol Hill, offering an insightful and nonpartisan look at today’s political landscape. Having covered each of the last ten presidential elections, he breaks down the Washington political scene as a whole, drawing on decades of journalistic experience to provide hard-hitting analysis of the current state of Beltway politics and how factors such as elections, current events, and congressional culture will impact the current presidential administration as well as the American public. Through his signature direct and candid delivery, his talks are loaded with behind-the-scenes anecdotes that add humor to his presentations.

A trusted name in political news, Harwood covered Washington as editor-at-large for CNBC, sitting down with every major presidential candidate and Congressional leader in both parties as host of their digital original video series, Speakeasy with John Harwood. Among many journalistic accomplishments, he received an Emmy nomination for his live CNBC town hall with President Barack Obama. He also moderated the Republican presidential debates on CNBC in 2011 and 2015, as well as broke the news that Republican nominee John McCain had selected Sarah Palin as his running mate during the 2008 campaign. He is the co-author, with Gerald F. Seib, of the book, Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power, taking readers inside Washington to show how the government functions and the insiders who make things happen.

Prior to CNBC, he joined The Wall Street Journal as a White House correspondent, covering the presidency of George H. W. Bush and later reporting on Congress before becoming The Wall Street Journal's political editor and chief political correspondent. 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 reported on local government and politics at The St. Petersburg Times and later 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. In and around journalism all his life, Harwood’s first trip on a presidential campaign plane came when he accompanied his father, then a political reporter for The Washington Post, at age 11.

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Inside Media with John Harwood

Today in Politics. As a CNN White House correspondent, John Harwood has a front-row seat to today’s biggest political stories. With a presentation as up-to-date as the news, he breaks down today’s political landscape, as well as provides an insider’s take on what’s going on behind-the-scenes in the White House and on Capitol Hill. Direct, candid, and loaded with humorous anecdotes, he draws on decades of political journalism experience to share with audiences a hard-hitting, nonpartisan analysis of how factors such as elections, current events, and congressional culture will impact the presidential administration as well as the American public.

The Inner Workings of Pennsylvania Avenue. Award-winning journalist John Harwood takes audiences inside America’s center of influence to show how our government functions, how today’s Washington power game works, and shares stories of people who are making a difference behind-the-scenes in the world’s most powerful residence. With unprecedented access to Washington insiders, and with deep insight into the unspoken rules of the road in the capital, Harwood takes a nonpartisan approach to explain why progress is so difficult and illuminates what it takes to succeed in the high stakes game of politics.

The Politics Evolution: Then and Now. John Harwood’s long, cross-generational experience with politics and journalism since childhood gives him the unique vantage to discuss the evolution he’s observed in the political landscape. In this talk, he dissects the governmental conditions and trends he’s witnessed over the years, explaining to audiences where we once were, where we now are, and how we got here.

The Intersection of Politics and Our Economy. John Harwood draws on his journalistic experience at the Wall Street Journal and CNBC to share his unique insider insight and break down the intersection of our economy and politics. Through his signature direct and candid delivery, he illustrates how today’s political process affects economic policy and helps audiences understand the impact on their business and lives.

Moderator. An award-winning correspondent who’s moderated two presidential debates, John Harwood is an ideal moderator for panel discussions. With decades of journalistic experience, Harwood has a knack for asking the right questions, keeping participants on topic, and provoking meaningful and insightful discussion.

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