John Harwood has been named a Polis Distinguished Fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. For more than three decades, John Harwood has covered the White House, Congress, national politics, and the economy for America’s most prestigious news organizations including the St. Petersburg Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNBC, and most recently CNN. He has interviewed every president from George H.W. Bush to Joe Biden and received an Emmy nomination for his CNBC town hall with President Obama. A proud Duke alum (’78), he graduated magna cum laude with a double major in History and Economics.
“John Harwood is a legendary journalist whose career exemplifies the mission of invoking knowledge and information in the service of society. His life’s work has focused on promoting and participating in rigorous political discourse despite the increasing polarization that characterizes our political landscape—work that is vital to the health of our democracy,” said Dr. Deondra Rose, Director of Polis: Center for Politics.
“I’m thrilled to join Polis as a Distinguished Fellow, at the university that has done so much to shape my life,” John Harwood said. “We live in an exceptionally challenging moment for the democratic system I’ve spent decades writing and talking about in newspapers and on television. I feel privileged and energized to work through it with Duke students – sharing what I know and learning just as much from them.”
During his fellowship, Mr. Harwood will participate in public facing events and engage with students and the broad intellectual community on campus. He will also host ‘Bedeviled’—a special podcast about American democracy, in which he will interview politicians, voters, academics, and activists about the 21st century divisions imperiling our national experiment in self-government.
“We are extremely happy to welcome John as this year’s Polis Distinguished Fellow and that delighted that our broad community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends around the world will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from him this year,” Dr. Rose said.