Justin Webb is one of the BBC's leading broadcasters and currently co-presents Radio 4's flagship breakfast show the Today programme.
Between 2001 and 2009 he was based in Washington DC. As the BBC's North America Editor, the eight years Justin spent on the other side of Atlantic was bookended by some of the most powerful events in US history including the attacks of 9/11 and leading the BBC's coverage of the 2008 US Presidential elections, and Barack Obama's first moves as America's 44th President. However, despite writing on his blog ‘Justin Webb's America' that there was nowhere in the world he would rather be than Washington DC, the lure of bad weather and 3am starts persuaded him to relocate to the UK and once-again join the Today programme.
Prior to joining Radio 4's Today programme in 2009, Justin Webb secured the only British TV interview with President Obama in The White House. In his after dinner talk Justin describes some of the difficulties facing Obama, what singled him out from previous incumbents and how his incredible self-belief sometimes failed to translate into effectiveness on the ground.
Justin Webb joined the BBC as a graduate trainee in 1984 working in Northern Ireland for BBC Radio Ulster based in Belfast. After leaving Today, he worked as a foreign affairs correspondent based in London covering news around the world. He then presented the BBC news - moving from Breakfast to the Six O'Clock News - during which time he interviewed prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair. There then followed three years working as the BBC's Europe correspondent based in Brussels before being posted to Washington as the chief radio correspondent in 2001.
Justin is the author of several books. In 2011, he published “Notes on Them and Us: From the Mayflower to Obama – the British, the Americans and the essential relationship”. Here, he argues that there is a fault line in the long-standing marriage between these two great nations; a cultural divide that separates us. For Justin, recognising this divide, even celebrating it, is the key to a rich future collaboration. His latest book,”Cheers, America: How an Englishman Learned to Love America”, was published in 2013.
Justin was educated at Sidcot school, Somerset and graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in economics