Murray in 2011
Jennifer Susan Bailey|
12 May 1950 (age 68)
Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
|Occupation||Journalist and broadcaster|
She is married, for the second time, with two grown-up sons.
Murray was born in Barnsley in Yorkshire and attended Barnsley Girls High School, a grammar school, leaving with A levels in French, English and History. She has a degree in French and Drama from the University of Hull.
Murray joined BBC Radio Bristol in 1973 before becoming a reporter and presenter for local news programme South Today. She was a newsreader and later one of the presenters of the BBC's Newsnight television programme for two years from 1983 before moving to Radio 4 to present the Today programme. She took over from Sue MacGregor as presenter of Woman's Hour in 1987. She has also presented Radio 4's The Message and written for magazines and newspapers including "The Guardian", Daily Express and the Daily Mail.
She has written several books, including
- 1996 – "Woman's hour", 50 years of British Women
- 2003 – That's My Boy
- 2003 – Is It Me or Is It Hot in Here: A Modern Woman's Guide to the Men'opause
- 2009 – Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful 'Daughter',
- 2011 – My Boy Butch: The heart-warming true story of a little dog who made life worth living again
- 2016 – A History of Britain in 21 Women
- 2017 – Woman's Hour: Words from Wise, Witty and Wonderful Women"
On 21 December 2006, Murray announced at the end of Woman's Hour that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She informed her audience that her prognosis was good; she did indeed return early in 2007. She reported that the most emotionally upsetting moment was losing her hair, and used this as an item on the centrality of hair to definitions of femininity.
In 2008, she had a hip replacement following avascular necrosis, perhaps due to her earlier chemotherapy.
Murray had a sleeve gastrectomy in June 2015, and had lost over 4 stone (56 lb; 25 kg) by October of that year.
In March 2012 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Salford to recognise her contributions to the media industry as well as the growing links between the University and its neighbours at Salford Quays.
In November 2007 it was announced that Murray had been named Patron of British medical research charity, Breast Cancer Campaign. She is also patron of the Family Planning Association, vice-president of Parkinson's UK and a supporter of Humanists UK.
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Ms Jenni Murray, broadcaster, 61
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