Journalist John Harwood named new Nieman board chair

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John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times, has been tapped to lead the Nieman Foundation’s Advisory Board. A Nieman Fellow in the class of 1990, he has served on the board since 2006.

Harwood takes the reins from William O. Wheatley Jr., NF ’77, who finished his term as head of Nieman’s advisory board last year. The board, composed of leading journalists, Harvard advisors and media specialists, serves in a consultative role on issues related to the foundation’s work and future prospects.

Harwood’s work for The New York Times includes reporting and writing for the regular politics and government blog “The Caucus.” He was previously the political editor and chief political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where he also covered Congress and the White House. He is a regular contributor to NBC’s Nightly News and “Washington Week” on PBS.