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JUSTIN OLIVER WEBB (born Justin Oliver Prouse, 3 January 1961 in Portsmouth
Portsmouth
, Hampshire
Hampshire
) is a British journalist who has worked for the BBC
BBC
since 1984. Since August 2009, he has presented on the _Today_ programme, and also regularly writes for _The Radio Times_.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life * 2 Broadcasting * 3 Personal life * 4 References * 5 External links

EARLY LIFE

In an article in the _ Radio Times _ in January 2011, Webb revealed that his natural father was Peter Woods who was formerly a reporter with the _ Daily Mirror _ and later became a BBC
BBC
newsreader. Woods was married and Webb's mother, then Gloria Crocombe, was a secretary at the _Daily Mirror_ and was divorced from her first husband at the time of the affair with Woods. Webb commented that his mother's split from Woods may have been as much her doing as his, saying "I do not believe she was abandoned." 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.

Webb grew up in Bath . He was educated at Sidcot School , a Quaker school in Somerset
Somerset
, and the London School of Economics , where he was editor of student newspaper _ The Beaver _.

BROADCASTING

Webb joined the BBC
BBC
as a graduate trainee in 1984 working in Northern Ireland for BBC
BBC
Radio Ulster based in Belfast
Belfast
. He then worked as a reporter for BBC
BBC
Radio 4's _Today_ programme, before becoming a foreign affairs correspondent based in London
London
and covering news around the world. He reported on the Gulf War
Gulf War
and the war in Bosnia, the collapse of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the first democratic elections in South Africa
South Africa
.

He then became a BBC News presenter based in London
London
, and the main presenter on BBC
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
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
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
European Union
.

In 2001, Webb moved to the United States
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
BBC
in 2006 when, at a seminar on impartiality, he claimed 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
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
BBC
website.

In August 2009, he returned to the UK to replace Edward Stourton on the _Today_ programme.

PERSONAL LIFE

In August 2009, Webb returned to the UK with his wife Sarah and their three children. Whilst in the United States, his son Sam fell ill and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus . As a result, Webb experienced the United States