Jenni Murray: Biography highlights
Jenni Murray DBE began her broadcasting career in local radio in Bristol as a presenter and producer of a daily mid morning programme of phone ins, current events and music. She went on to become a television presenter, reporter and documentary maker, first in Leeds and then on South Today in Southampton.
Full biography of Jenni Murray
Jenni Murray’s background
In the early eighties she became a presenter and reporter on Newsnight, joined Today as a presenter on Radio 4 in 1986 and, in late 1987, became the presenter of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4.
She has interviewed every Prime Minister of the last thirty years, is as comfortable with high powered politicians as with the grieving parents of Madeleine McCann and the first Hollywood star she encountered was Bette Davies. There have been many more. She was a frequent presenter of radio 3’s Sunday morning programme during her years in Manchester. The late foreign correspondent, Charles Wheeler, described Jenni as having ‘the most beautiful voice on the radio – ever.’
Jenni has made numerous television documentaries including the Duchy of Cornwall with Prince Charles for BBC 2 and Right to Die for Channel Five. She was one of the presenters, along with Paul Heiney, of ITV’s This Sunday Morning and was twice the winner of The Weakest Link.
She has hosted award ceremonies for a range of clients, most recently for women in the armed forces. She is sought after as an after dinner speaker, conference chair and inspirational speaker on subjects and for clients as wide ranging as the NSPCC, a rugby club, women in the law and personal assistants.
She writes regularly for a number of publications and is the author of several books including, most recently, A History of Britain in 21 Women, A History of the World in 21 Women and Fat Cow, Fat Chance.
Jenni has won many awards including the Broadcasting Press Guild Radio Broadcaster of the Year in 1995, Sony Best Interview in 2010 and the Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in 2011.
In 2011 she became Dame Jenni Murray in recognition of her contribution to broadcasting.
Watch Jenni in action
National Lottery Commission
Jenni was wonderful and was the perfect choice as panel host and was particularly good at engaging the audience and delivering great introductions to each session, as well as facilitating the Q&A sessions. Her obvious engagement with the topic of women and gambling made her contributions particularly worthwhile and we are extremely pleased with her involvement.'
CIPR Excellence Awards
'Jenni was extremely professional and enthusiastic. The audience warmed to her immediately. Jenni's anecdotes about her career in broadcasting tickled everyone, and the guests genuinely enjoyed the event.'
Mail on Sunday
Praised for Fat Cow, Fat Chance 'I'd put this book in every school as a warning to girls - and boys - not to waste their lives obsessing over food.'
Help the Hospice
'Jenni is an excellent chair, not just because she is knowledgeable and highly respected but also because she has, as a broadcaster, the key skills required; she can manage a panel, work an audience, make sure questions aren't dodged, keep to time and as a result, enable a wide range of views to be heard. Best of all, she does all of this with just the right balance of a light touch combined with tact, humour and authority.'
'The presentations given at the conference were very well received and we have had excellent feedback from the delegates about the sessions and the event as a whole. You helped us to make this the best annual conference to date!'