The Info List - Justin Webb

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JUSTIN OLIVER WEBB (born Justin Oliver Prouse, 3 January 1961 in Portsmouth
, Hampshire
) is a British journalist who has worked for the BBC
since 1984. He is a former BBC
North America
North America
Editor and the main co-presenter of BBC
One 's Breakfast News programme. Since August 2009, he has co-presented the Today programme on BBC
Radio 4 , and also regularly writes for the Radio Times
Radio Times


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


In an article in the Radio Times
Radio Times
in January 2011, Webb revealed that his natural father was Peter Woods who was formerly a reporter with the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
and later became a 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
, and the London School of Economics
London School of Economics
, where he was editor of student newspaper The Beaver .


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
Gulf War
and the war in Bosnia, the collapse of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the first democratic elections in South Africa .

He then became a BBC News
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
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
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
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

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


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
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. She later became a Royal Patron of the Children's charity, JDRF
, a charity which Webb supports on a regular basis.

Currently Webb lives in Camberwell
. In 2008, his mother, Gloria, died and he inherited her home in Bath, Somerset
Bath, Somerset


* ^ A B C Bingham, John; Singh, Anita (18 January 2011). "BBC\'s Justin Webb
Justin Webb
reveals his real father was newsreader Peter Woods". London: Telegraph Media Group Limited. * ^ Who's Who 2008 * ^ A B BBC
press release. Website accessed 26 August 2009 * ^ A B " BBC News
BBC News
- Today host Justin Webb
Justin Webb
names his father as Peter Woods". BBC. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. * ^ Justin Webb
Justin Webb
Obituary: Gloria Webb, theguardian.com, 2 October 2006. Still an unnamed "married man" at this point. * ^ Ben Todd and Ghristian Gysin (18 January 2011). "I\'m the secret son of 1970s newsreader Peter Woods, reveals BBC\'s Justin Webb". Daily Mail