We have a very special treat for this month's meeting. John Hood is no stranger to conservatives across the state and is nationally recognized as an author and political commentator. Under his leadership, the John Locke Foundation became a powerful force in the political arena, bringing once-inaccessible political data to citizens and politicians alike and acting as a watchdog on the antics of Jones Street. They publish the Carolina Journal, sponsor the E.A. Morris Fellowship, the North Carolina History Project, and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Hood is a compelling speaker with nearly three decades of watching North Carolina politics to draw upon. He should also have copies of his latest book available.
John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief in North Carolina and beyond. Hood is also chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues reports, hosts events, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal, which serves an audience of nearly 150,000 North Carolinians through its print, online, and radio editions. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014.
Since 1986, Hood has written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers. It currently appears regularly in the Winston-Salem Journal, Durham Herald-Sun, Gaston Gazette, High Point Enterprise, and newspapers in 60 other communities. He also writes a monthly column, "Free & Clear," for Business North Carolina magazine. Hood is a frequent guest on talk radio and serves as a weekly panelist on “NC SPIN,” a political talk show broadcast on 28 television and radio stations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville, Wilmington, Asheville, and elsewhere.
Hood is the author of seven books. The most recent one is Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans, published by John F. Blair in 2015. Hood’s other books include Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina's Economic Recovery (2012), Selling the Dream (2005), Investor Politics (2001), The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good (1996), and two volumes of family history.
Hood writes and comments frequently for national media outlets, particularly National Review and its blog “The Corner.” His articles have appeared in both magazines — such as Readers’ Digest, The New Republic, Military History, and Reason — and in newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. He’s been interviewed by, among others, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, NBC, and Fox News
At JLF, Hood created the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, a yearlong program that prepares young North Carolinians for leadership roles in government, business, and nonprofits. He also serves on the faculty of the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership, the board of the William Friday Fellowship, and the selection committee for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.
Hood received his degree in journalism in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he founded a magazine called The Carolina Critic was eventually published on six university campuses. Hood currently serves as chairman of the Carolina Liberty Foundation, which provides financial support to conservative and libertarian student groups at Chapel Hill.
He is a Mecklenburg County native and currently resides in Wake County with his wife, two sons, and a stepdaughter.