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John Hood joined the Pope Foundation as president in January 2015. He is the former the President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 with the support of the Pope Foundation and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. He remains Chairman of the Board at JLF.

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 16 television stations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville, Wilmington, Asheville, and elsewhere. He also created "Carolina Journal Radio," a weekly newsmagazine broadcast on 18 radio stations.

Hood is the author of six books. The most recent one is Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina’s Economic Recovery, published by JLF in 2012. Hood's other books include Selling the Dream (2005), Investor Politics (2001), The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good (1996), and two volumes of family history. He is currently writing the biography of former North Carolina Gov. James G. Martin.

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.


Articles by John Hood

(7.01.15) Time to Strike a Good Deal
While it would have been better to pass a final budget deal before June 30, it’s more important that the budget be a good one. The two chambers and the governor now have some time to get it right.


(6.29.15) Polls Mixed On McCrory
There have been four polls publicly released over the past two months that asked either personal favorability or job approval questions about the governor.


(6.29.15) Polls Mixed On McCrory
We should actively seek out alternative sources of information and expose ourselves to alternative points of view, at least for the benefits we can derive from exercising our brains and avoiding obvious errors.


(6.24.15) Moral Claims Don't Persuade
To all my left-of-center readers: It may come as a shock to you, but conservatives and libertarians will never recognize your political philosophy as morally superior.


(6.24.15) Moral Claims Don't Persuade
Online commentators and email correspondents have proven more likely to explode in anger or hurl personal insults. They are less likely to offer reasoned criticism.


(6.22.15) Family Debates Merit Pay
How can we differentiate the pay of teachers on the basis of their performance while also treating them fairly?


(6.22.15) Family Debates Merit Pay
A recent study found that the District of Columbia’s IMPACT system seems both to have motivated good teachers to excel and nudged low-performing ones to find more suitable careers.


(6.17.15) Senate Plots Right Course
A significant share of North Carolina's revenue surplus is likely one-time money. It ought not to be used to create new programs that might require future tax hikes to sustain.


(6.17.15) Senate Plots Right Course
According to the Tax Foundation, the Senate’s tax changes would improve North Carolina’s business-tax climate to 14th in the nation, up from 16th. And its savings deposits would dramatically improve state government’s balance sheet.


(6.15.15) Advance Statistics Show Retreat
In 2013, North Carolina’s real GDP grew faster than the national and regional averages. In 2014, our growth rate fell below these averages.


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