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John Hood

Email: jhood@johnlocke.org

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 ó such as Readers' Digest, The New Republic, Military History, and Reason ó 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

(2.25.15) Pivot Back to Markets
Colorado has the countryís least-restrictive approach to professional licensure. Letís copy it.


(2.25.15) Pivot Back to Markets
Iíve always appreciated this section of Article One of the North Carolina Constitution: ďPerpetuities and monopolies are contrary to the genius of a free state and shall not be allowed.Ē Letís pivot back to that fundamental principle.


(2.23.15) A Martyr to Applause
That private funds rather than taxes have been funding the UNC poverty center lately is certainly welcome news. But surely that canít be the end of the matter.


(2.23.15) A Martyr to Applause
If the recent review of campus-based centers by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors was all an elaborate ruse to silence a critic of Republicans, it would probably qualify as the most improbable, elaborate, and ineffective conspiracy in North Carolina history.


(2.18.15) The Song Remains the Same
Ever since North Carolina governors gained the option of succeeding themselves, each reelection campaign has essentially followed the same script.


(2.18.15) The Song Remains the Same
Ever since North Carolina governors gained the option of succeeding themselves, each reelection campaign has essentially followed the same script.


(2.16.15) Polls Show McCrory Gains
The Left's narrative of a state full of voters chomping at the bit to overturn GOP control of state government is patently false.


(2.16.15) Polls Show McCrory Gains
The narrative of a state full of voters chomping at the bit to overturn GOP control of state government is patently false.


(2.11.15) Freedom Is Our Goal
Freedom isnít just an abstraction. It is a proven solution for practical problems.


(2.11.15) Freedom Is Our Goal
What do todayís conservatives want? For North Carolina truly to become First in Freedom.


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