John Jessup to Replace Lee Webb as Lead CBN News Anchor of The 700 Club

John JessupAfter nearly 20 years of service, longtime CBN news anchor Lee Webb will leave the network on August 30 to join Dr. R.C. Sproul and his organization, Ligonier Ministries in Sanford, FL, where he has accepted the position of Vice President of Broadcasting.

Replacing Webb will be veteran news correspondent John Jessup, whom CBN has tapped to become the new lead anchor for CBN News on The 700 Club.

Regarding Webb’s departure, CBN Founder and Chairman Pat Robertson said, “Lee Webb has brought grace and professionalism to every aspect of our news. He is a consummate professional, a dedicated Christian and a wonderful family man. We wish him God’s richest blessings in his new place of service.”

Webb, in his remarks, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity he was given to be a part of CBN's "gifted and talented team of broadcast journalists enthusiastic to bring a Christian worldview to news events here and around the world."

“I am also grateful to our loyal viewers and faithful partners who have encouraged and supported us on so many levels," he added.

Webb joined CBN in 1994, serving as news anchor for The 700 Club, CBN's news/magazine flagship program, as well as anchoring CBN Newswatch, a 30-minute daily program. He has reported on numerous nationally significant events including Hurricane Katrina, Republican and Democratic conventions, and issues related to evangelicalism.

Webb's replacement, John Jessup, has worked with the CBN News Bureau in Washington, DC, since 2003. He's served as CBN’s Capitol Hill correspondent, filed news stories for The 700 Club and Newswatch, and anchored Newsbreaks for affiliates across the country. His work has earned him several awards in reporting, producing, and coordinating elections coverage. Since joining CBN News, Jessup has covered national news, Washington politics, the economy, and natural disasters, reporting from a number of locations across America and also Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during the height of allegations of detainee abuse.

According to the announcement by CBN, Jessup’s appointment will result in the news segment now being anchored live from CBN’s DC bureau. Opened in 1980, this bureau covers national news, politics and terrorism reporting with a team of journalists including Emmy-winning Chief Political Correspondent David Brody, White House Correspondent Jennifer Wishon, Senior CBN News Correspondent Paul Strand, and Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck.

PHOTO ABOVE: John Jessup. Photo courtesy of CBN News.

Published: August 8, 2013