Speaker and broadcaster Jenni Murray is one of radio and television’s most respected presenters. Her wide-ranging expertise in politics, business and the arts has led commentators to write admiringly of her “well-stocked mind”. Jenni’s interviews with the powerful are described as “probing”, “steely” and “no-nonsense.” Her knowledge of the arts is matchless. Jenni was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2011. This was in recognition of her stunning work in broadcasting for over 40 years.
Her voice has been described by the veteran broadcaster and journalist Charles Wheeler as ‘the most beautiful voice on radio, ever.’ This gift has often helped to temper the difficult and controversial issues she has addressed.
Born and educated in Barnsley, she has a degree in French and Drama from Hull University. She also has Honorary Degrees from a number of universities. These include Bradford, Bristol, St Andrews, Hull and the Open University.
As the former regular presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour she demonstrated an incredible range and depth. Jenni has a unique ability to understand the feelings and complexities of those she interviews. These are talents she has also brought to BBC TV’s Newsnight and Everyman and BBC Radio’s Today and Tuesday Call. She has also appeared on Granada TV’s Loose Women – Live Talk and This Sunday. Jenni presented a personal essay on assisted Dying for Five TV’s Don’t Get Me Started.
Jenni is the author of: My Boy Butch (2011); Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter (2008); The Woman’s Hour: A History of Women Since World War II. In addition she has written Is It Hot In Here: A Modern Guide to the Menopause. She writes for numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.
Jenni is president of The Fawcett Society and a non-executive director of Manchester’s Christie Cancer Hospital. She is patron of the Breast Cancer Campaign, Family Planning Association. Jenni is vice president of the Parkinson Disease Society.
Jenni is a gifted raconteur and popular after dinner speaker and event host. Feedback includes the following.
“… Jenni was extremely professional and enthusiastic, and the audience warmed to her immediately. Jenni’s anecdotes about her career in broadcasting tickled everyone. The guests genuinely seemed to enjoy her. It was a fantastic event and Jenni’s stage presence definitely contributed to the success of it.” Chartered Institute of Public Relations – CIPR Excellence Awards