Justin Webb Biography
Justin Webb is a British media personality serving as the main co-presenter of BBC One’s Breakfast News programme. He has also co-presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 and also regularly writes for the Radio Times as well as a former BBC North America Editor.
Justin Webb Age
Webb was born on 3 January 1961 in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
Justin Webb Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet tall.
Justin Webb Education
He was educated at Sidcot School, a Quaker school in Somerset, and the London School of Economics, where he was editor of the student newspaper The Beaver.
Justin Webb Parents
Justin is the son of Peter Woods and Gloria Crocombe. In an article in the Radio Times in January 2011, Webb revealed that his biological father was Peter Woods who was formerly a reporter with the Daily Mirror and later became a BBC newsreader. He wrote that Woods had an affair with his mother while working at the Daily Mirror where she was a secretary and Woods a star reporter. Woods was married and Webb’s mother was divorced from her first husband at the time of the affair. Woods provided financially for Webb but saw his son only once when he was six months old. Webb took the surname of his stepfather when his mother remarried in 1964.
Justin Webb Siblings
No information on whether he has any siblings is available.
Justin Webb Wife
Webb married his long-term partner Sarah Gordon in the early 2000s. Sarah was Interpublic Group agency Virgo Health executive director before being promoted to the newly-created role of head of health. She previously worked at Ogilvy, where she led an integrated agency team working across public relations, medical education and advertising. Gordon has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare communications working with leading pharmaceutical companies and healthcare organizations on public relations, issues management, advertising and medical education.
Justin Webb Children
Justin and his wife have three children together, Martha, Sam and Clara. Their son Sam fell ill and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus. As a result, Webb experienced the United States healthcare system first-hand. His son commonly joins his father in speaking about the disease. In 2012, Webb joined son Sam at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, meeting the Duchess of Cornwall as she visited the facilities.
Justin Webb Heart Attack
Webb has revealed he has had heart surgery, joking the stress of the job had taken its toll on his health. He said he was unaware he had a heart problem until he suffered from some discomfort but he said doctors took swift action after discovering he had coronary heart disease, a condition in which plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles. Webb confirmed he underwent an angioplasty – where arteries are widened by the insertion of a wire mesh tube – at a central London hospital.
Justin Webb BBC
Webb joined the BBC as a graduate trainee in 1984 working in Northern Ireland for BBC Radio Ulster based in Belfast. He then worked as a reporter for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, before becoming a foreign affairs correspondent based in London and covering news around the world. He reported on the Gulf War and the war in Bosnia, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the first democratic elections in South Africa.
He then became a BBC News presenter based in London, and the main presenter on BBC One’s Breakfast News programme from 1992 to 1997. He also presented the BBC’s One and Six O’Clock News bulletins and presented BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight from 1997–1998. From 1998 he spent three years working as the BBC’s Europe correspondent based in Brussels. During that time he reported on the workings of the European Commission and Parliament, the politics surrounding Britain’s decision on whether to join the single currency and the enlargement on the European Union.
In 2001, Webb moved to the United States, as the BBC’s chief Washington correspondent. Much of his time was spent on local Washington Radio, most notably, WAMU, a public radio station, on The Diane Rehm Show. He raised eyebrows within the BBC in 2006 when, at a seminar on impartiality, he said the corporation was anti-American and treated the US with “scorn and derision”, according it “no moral weight”. He has also presented a Radio 4 series on anti-Americanism. In December 2007, he became North American Editor for BBC News, a role newly created in time for the American presidential election of 2008. He replaced Matt Frei who moved to present the new World News America bulletin. Since November 2007, Webb has maintained a regularly updated blog on the BBC website. In August 2009, he returned to the UK to replace Edward Stourton on BBC Radio 4’s early morning news programme.
Justin Webb Controversy
Webb received criticism for appearing to endorse the view that: “antisemitism is a bit like the way some of our people might regard anti-white racism, that actually it’s a different order of racism. It’s not as important – it’s still bad – but it’s not as important as some other forms of racism…” on the BBC on March 12, 2019; a BBC spokesperson clarified that he was “not expressing any personal view” and that Webb “is the first to admit he should have phrased his question better.”
Justin Webb Books
Webb including Have a Nice Day: A Journey Through Obama’s America, and Cheers, America: How an Englishman Learned to Love America, and Notes on Them and Us: From the Mayflower to Obama – the British, the Americans and the Special Essential Relationship.
Justin Webb Salary
He aerns as annual average salary of £250,000 – £254,999.
Justin Webb Net Worth
His estimated net worth is unknown.
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