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 regular presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987, she has daily 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 in 2006 she 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 id Manchester’s Christie Cancer Hospital. She is patron of the Breast Cancer Campaign, Family Planning Association and vice president of the Parkinson Disease Society.
She lives in Cheshire with her partner and the now legendary Chihuahuas – Butch and Frieda – and has two sons – one a vet and the other a photo-journalist.