Chestertown, MD, November 10, 2004 — Washington College's Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism presents John Harwood, National Political Editor of The Wall Street Journal, on “Winning in Bad Times: How Did George Bush Do It?”—a political journalist's analysis of the 2004 presidential election results—Monday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
John Harwood, son of the late Richard Harwood of The Washington Post for whom this lecture series is named, has served as The Wall Street Journal's National Political Editor since 1997. An astute political observer whose perspectives and analysis appear in the WSJ's column “Capital Journal,” Harwood also contributes regularly to the PBS television's political roundtable, Washington Week, and appears frequently on CNN, Fox, NBC and other television news outlets for expert political and election analysis.
Harwood began his journalism career in high school as a copy boy at the Washington Star. He studied history and economics at Duke University, graduating magna cum laude in 1978. After college, 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, covering assignments ranging from presidential campaigns to the struggle against apartheid 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 was appointed National Political Editor in 1997.
He has reported on each of the last five American presidential elections. Harwood lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife, Frankie Blackburn, and their three daughters.
Washington College's Harwood Lecture Series in American Journalism was established to honor the distinguished career of the late Washington Post columnist and ombudsman Richard Harwood, who served as a trustee and a lecturer in journalism at the College. Recent speakers in the series have included such political and media figures as Howard Dean, Robert Novak, John McCain, James Carville, Judy Woodruff, Al Hunt, Mark Shields and Paul Gigot.