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Erick Stakelbeck

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Erick Stakelbeck
Erick Stakelbeck Erick_Stakelbeck_at_Jerusalem_Studio_2018.jpg
Born (1976-01-21) January 21, 1976 (age 45)
Philadelphia, PA, United States
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materHoly Family University (1999)
💼 Occupation
Television Host, Commentator, Analyst, Author
🏢 OrganizationChristians United for Israel
Notable workThe Terrorist Next Door (2011)
The Brotherhood (2013)
ISIS Exposed (2015)
TelevisionThe Watchman on TBN
👩 Spouse(s)Lori (m. 2003)
👶 Children2
🌐 Websiteerickstakelbeck.com

Erick Michael Stakelbeck (born January 21, 1976) is host of The Watchman program, seen nationwide in the United States every week on TBN, the world's largest Christian television network.

Stakelbeck is Director of Christians United for Israel’s CUFI Watchman Project. CUFI is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States.

He is the author of three books, most recently, ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam, released on March 9, 2015.

Life and Career[edit]

Stakelbeck was born and raised in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Holy Family University in Philadelphia in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended Holy Family on a basketball scholarship.

Stakelbeck has spent over two decades covering the Middle East and national security issues in-depth: traveling to the region, interviewing world leaders and convicted terrorists, and highlighting the shared threats to America and Israel.

A 2013 The Jerusalem Post profile stated that, “Within Evangelical Christian circles, Stakelbeck is considered by many to be the leading authority” on the issues of national security and the Middle East. A 2017 Jweekly piece called him “Christian TV’s most prominent Middle East specialist.”.[1]

From July 2003 to April 2005, Stakelbeck worked as a senior writer and terrorism analyst at The Investigative Project on Terrorism, a counterterrorism think tank in Washington, D.C. founded by terrorism expert Steven Emerson.[2]

His articles on Islamic extremism, global terrorism, and national security have appeared in The Wall Street Journal Europe [3], The Weekly Standard [4], The Washington Times [5], New York Post, and National Review Online [6], among other publications. He has been featured in The Jerusalem Post [7] and National Review [8]

From May 2005 to January 2016, Stakelbeck worked as 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, D.C. bureau.[9]

From June 2010 to August 2013, he hosted a weekly program for CBN News called Stakelbeck on Terror[10]. The program was renamed The Watchman in September 2013. [11]

Stakelbeck is a regular commentator on leading national television and radio programs and has appeared frequently on Fox News [12], TheBlaze TV [13], i24News [14], and CNN. A frequent public speaker [15], he regularly addresses audiences about Israel, the Middle East, and terrorism-related issues.

The Watchman on TBN[edit]

Stakelbeck on-location in Jerusalem, Israel

In January 2016, Stakelbeck left CBN News and joined with Christians United for Israel (CUFI), to launch a new, revamped version of The Watchman [16] on TBN. The new program, hosted by Stakelbeck, marked a partnership between CUFI, America’s largest pro-Israel organization, and TBN, the world’s largest Christian television network.

The Watchman on TBN is a weekly, 30-minute newsmagazine focusing on news from Israel and the Middle East, and how it affects America and the world. Stakelbeck travels frequently to Israel and other locales to film for the program. The Watchman episodes are edited by video producer Christopher P. Vlk.[17]

The program spotlights the rising security threats facing Israel and America, providing on-the-ground reporting from Israel and Washington D.C., as well as expert commentary and interviews with top U.S. [18] and Israeli [19] officials.

In addition, The Watchman frequently visits famous Biblical sites and historical sites[20] in Israel and explains their relevance for Christians today. The program also showcases the many uplifting and miraculous stories unfolding across Israel each day that show how the Jewish State is fulfilling its Biblical mandate as a "Light Unto the Nations." [21]

The Watchman is also dubbed into Spanish and seen weekly under the name El Vigilante [22] throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Enlace TBN, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian television network.

Personal Life[edit]

Stakelbeck lives with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area.


  • The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat, Regnery Publishing (2011)[23]
  • The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy, Regnery Publishing (2013)[24]
  • ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam, Regnery Publishing (2015)[25]


  1. Dan Pine, "Christian Zionist Praises Israel, Warns of Jihadist Terror", Jweekly, August 3, 2017
  2. The Investigative Project on Terrorism, "Writings by Erick Stakelbeck", InvestigativeProject.org, 2003-2010
  3. Erick Stakelbeck, "Dutch Lessons", The Wall Street Journal Europe, August 7, 2003
  4. Erick Stakelbeck, "Uday's Oil-for-News Program", The Weekly Standard, May 16, 2005
  5. Erick Stakelbeck, "Arab Rulers and Promises", The Washington Times, June 2, 2008
  6. Erick Stakelbeck, "Exploiting Abu Ghraib", National Review Online, May 12, 2004
  7. Christians United for Israel, "Q&A with Erick Stakelbeck", The Jerusalem Post, February 23, 2016
  8. Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Egypt and the Brotherhood", National Review, July 18, 2013
  9. Christian Broadcasting Network, "Erick Stakelbeck Profile", CBN.com, 2005-2016
  10. Christian Broadcasting Network, "Stakelbeck on Terror", CBN.com, November 1, 2011
  11. Christian Broadcasting Network, "The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck: New Show Debut", CBN.com, October 1, 2013
  12. Fox News, "Report: ISIS Lures New Recruits with Marriage Bonus", FoxNews.com, May 26, 2015
  13. TheBlaze TV, "History of Hanukkah", BlazeTV.com, December 9, 2013
  14. i24News, "Hezbollah Outposts on Border Pose Serious Threat to Israel", i24News.com, October 23, 2018
  15. C-SPAN, "ISIS Exposed", C-SPAN.com, March 23, 2015
  16. WatchmanTV, "The Watchman", WatchmanTV.com, 2016
  17. Internet Movie Database, "Christopher P. Vlk", IMDb.com, 2017-present
  18. Trinity Broadcasting Network, "Inside New U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem with Ambassador David Friedman", The Watchman, October 5, 2018
  19. Christians United for Israel, "Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer talks Palestinian Terror and Jewish Claim to Jerusalem", The Watchman, Mar 24, 2016
  20. Erick Stakelbeck, "Ancient Jerusalem Comes Alive at City of David Archaeological Dig", The Watchman, December 14, 2018
  21. Erick Stakelbeck, "Israel: A Light Unto the Nations", The Watchman, October 27, 2017
  22. Enlace TBN, "El Vigilante", Enlace.org, 2017
  23. Erick Stakelbeck, The Terrorist Next Door: How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat, Regnery Publishing, 2011
  24. Erick Stakelbeck, The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy, Regnery Publishing, 2013
  25. Erick Stakelbeck, ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery and the Hellish Reality of Radical Islam, Regnery Publishing, 2015

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