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Honorary degree for the voice of Womans Hour

She inherited the Woman's Hour chair from Sue MacGregor in 1987.

At the graduation ceremony at Brunel University, in Uxbridge, West London, yesterday, Ms Murray advised the new graduates to “not be afraid to start at the bottom.“

She added that if someone asked if anyone could do something, “say, 'Yes, I can.'“ She said that is what she did when she took a job as a copy-taker at HTV in Bristol to start her media career.

In December 1996, Jenni announced live on air that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Following treatment she returned to Woman's Hour towards the end of 2007. She is now Patron of Breast Cancer Campaign and chair of the Christie Supporters Club (a cancer hospital in Manchester).

Jenni is the author of Is it Me or Is it Hot in Here: A Modern Woman's Guide to the Menopause and other books, including Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter.

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