Jenni is one of radio and television’s most respected broadcasters. Her wide-ranging expertise in politics, business and the arts has led commentators to write admiringly of her “well-stocked mind”. Her interviews with the powerful are described as “probing”, “steely” and “no-nonsense”, and her knowledge of the arts is matchless. Jenni was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2011, in recognition of her stunning work in Broadcasting for over 40 years.
Her voice, which the veteran broadcaster and journalist Charles Wheeler described as ‘the most beautiful voice on radio, ever’ has often helped to temper the often difficult and controversial issues she has addressed and presented to her audience on an almost daily basis.
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 including: Bradford, Bristol, St Andrews and Hull- and the Open University.
As the former regular presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour she demonstrated an incredible range and depth and a unique ability to understand the feelings and complexities of those she interviews, 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 and 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 and 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 and vice president of the Parkinson Disease Society.
Jenni is a gifted raconteur and popular after dinner speaker and event host. Feedback includes:
“… Jenni was extremely professional and enthusiastic, and the audience warmed to her immediately. Jenni’s anecdotes about her career in broadcasting tickled everyone, and 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