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John F. Harris

John F. Harris
Alma materCarleton College (BA)
OccupationEditor, journalist
Known forFounder of Politico
Home townPittsford, New York, U.S.

John F. Harris is an American political journalist and the co-founder of Politico, an Arlington, Virginia-based political news organization. With former Jim VandeHei, Harris founded Politico on January 23, 2007, and served as editor-in-chief until 2019. Harris is the author of a book on Bill Clinton called The Survivor, and the co-author of The Way to Win: Clinton, Bush, Rove and How to Take the White House in 2008, with Mark Halperin.[1]

Early life and education

Harris grew up in Pittsford, New York, where he attended Sutherland High School. He graduated from Carleton College in 1985, where he studied American history.[2]


After graduating from college, Harris worked for The Washington Post for 21 years, having started as an intern. In 1990, he was transferred to the Post's Richmond bureau, covering Virginia politics during Douglas Wilder's governorship. He covered the Clinton White House from 1995 to 2001. In 2003, he was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. He became the Post's National Politics Editor in June 2005.[3] Harris began "having conversations" in 2006 with fellow Post journalist Jim VandeHei about creating "a new publication about politics from the ground up".[4] Those conversations led to the launch of Politico in 2007 under the Allbritton Communications banner.[5]

Personal life

Harris is married to Ann O'Hanlon, and lives with their three children, Liza, Griffin, and Nikki, in Alexandria, Virginia.[2]


  • Mark Halperin and John F. Harris, The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008, Random House, October 2006, ISBN 1-4000-6447-3
  • John F. Harris, The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House, Random House, May 2005, ISBN 0-375-50847-3, (Random House Trade Paperbacks, October 2006, ISBN 0-375-76084-9)


  1. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (November 3, 2006). "Want to Move to the White House? Here's How". The New York Times. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "The Panelists: John Harris". Washington Week. PBS. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "About John F. Harris". The Washington Post. 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Seelye, Katherine Q. (November 21, 2006). "Washington Post Reporters to Join Politics Web Site". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Rosen, Jay (November 22, 2006). "This Just In: John Harris and Jim VandeHei to Pull Back the Curtain on Official Washington". Press Think. Retrieved November 1, 2011.

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