John Hood

John Hood

Email Address: jhood@johnlocke.org

John Hood joined the Pope Foundation as president in January 2015. He is the former President and current 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.


Recent Research

Educational Freedom Works: Scholarly research shows gains from school choice and competition

This study synthesizes findings from 888 articles published since 1990. Based on these, we can say that in recent years North Carolina has been moving in the right direction on school reform. Policymakers should continue the momentum and resist attempts to backtrack.

Lower Taxes, Higher Growth: Scholarly Research Reveals Economic Benefits of Fiscal Restraint

Most studies find that lower levels of taxes and spending, less-intrusive regulation, and lower energy prices correlate with stronger economic performance. The implications of this research track well with recent public policies adopted in North Carolina. Judging from the available empirical evidence, North Carolina’s new policy mix is likely to result in stronger economic growth in the coming years.

Three Truths of Tax Reform: Senate, House plans would spur growth, create jobs

The House and Senate tax bills now under discussion in the General Assembly would constitute fundamental tax reform, but will not prevent state government from funding core public services such as public schools and universities. They will, however, increase job creation and economic growth.

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Recent Radio Interviews

Primary Defeats Surprise Incumbent N.C. Lawmakers

Conservatives Thwart Expansion of Public Financing

N.C. Gambling Policy: Lottery Yes, Internet Cafe No

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