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Before he joined the Today programme Justin was the BBC’s first North America Editor. He also writes about the USA for the Times and keeps an eye on events there: in his speeches on US affairs, he ranges from Joe Biden’s administration back through Trump to Obama, who he interviewed during his time on the election trail. He talks about leadership and leaders in the UK and US, with stories from behind the scenes at Today and in the corridors of power.
After serving as BBC North America Editor, Justin Webb joined the team of presenters on Radio 4’s influential Today programme. He now interviews the great and the good and those making the day’s headlines - alongside Mishal Husain, Martha Kearney and Nick Robinson.
In the US Justin covered all the twists and turns of the 2008 Presidential election which saw a little-known Illinois senator become the country’s first black Commander-in-Chief. Justin continues to observe the American political, social and economic climate, assessing the often dramatic events on Capitol Hill, Wall Street and Main Street. As well as becoming a senior member of the White House press pack, he was the first British journalist to be granted a full television interview with President Obama.
Prior to his Washington posting Justin reported from Brussels as the BBC’s European Correspondent. He has also covered elections in Australia, a coup in the Maldives, the dying days of the Soviet empire, and Mafia trials in Italy. And as well as various overseas postings, he has anchored Breakfast News and The World Tonight.
Justin now spends his mornings grilling British politicians and news-makers on the agenda-setting Radio 4 programme. He’s also an extremely assured conference chair and awards host, and a wonderfully engaging speaker on everything from Brexit to Trump. After dinner he uncovers the truth about America and Americans (as in his books Have A Nice Day and Notes on Them and Us) – and has great fun demonstrating some of the differences in interviewing styles between ‘Old’ and ‘New World’ journalists. He has also published a memoir of the 1970s entitled The Gift of a Radio, which the Sunday Times called 'fascinating and hugely entertaining.'
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Justin Webb (Today Prog) on Obama