Host, The Watchman Program, TBN
A graduate of Holy Family University in Pennsylvania, Erick Stakelbeck is Director of Christians United for Israel's CUFI Watchman Project. He has spent nearly two decades years covering the Middle East and national security issues in-depth: traveling to the region, interviewing world leaders and wanted terrorists, and highlighting the shared threats to America and Israel. A 2013 Jerusalem Post profile stated that, "Within Evangelical Christian circles, Erick is considered by many to be the leading authority" on the issues of national security and the Middle East. In February 2016, Erick launched "The Watchman" show on TBN, joining the world's largest Christian television network with America's largest pro-Israel organization, CUFI, to produce a hard-hitting weekly, 30-minute newsmagazine focusing on Israel, America and the Middle East. The program airs every Thursday night at 11:30 pm EST on TBN and is seen worldwide. From 2005 to 2015, Erick was a correspondent, host and terrorism analyst for CBN News, covering the global war on terror, U.S. national security, the Middle East and the growth of radical Islam at home and abroad for the network's Washington, DC bureau.
Erick is a regular commentator on leading national television and radio programs and a frequent guest on Fox News. His appearances include: The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox and Friends, Justice with Judge Jeanine, Huckabee, America's Newsroom, CNN Newsroom, BBC, Al Hurra and many others. He has also contributed to Glenn Beck's TheBlaze TV, guest hosting the Glenn Beck Program and providing in-studio analysis and investigative reports.
From 2003 to 2005, Erick worked as a senior writer and analyst at the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a counterterrorism think tank founded by terrorism expert Steven Emerson. His articles on Islamic extremism, global terrorism and national security appeared in the Wall Street Journal Europe, Weekly Standard, Washington Times, New York Post, Jerusalem Post, and National Review Online, among other publications.
Erick's first book, The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat, was released in 2011 to major acclaim. His second book, The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy (2013), warns about the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the global Islamist movement. ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam, his third book, was released in 2015.
Erick regularly speaks to audiences around the country on terrorism and Middle East-related issues, including at events for Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB), ACT for America, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF), the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the Values Voter Summit and the Faith and Freedom Coalition, among others.