Bridget Kendall

Bridget Kendall MBE

The first female Master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge University’s oldest College and formerly the BBC’s award-winning Diplomatic Correspondent.

24 November, 2017

Bridget Kendall is the first female Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge University’s oldest College.

Prior to taking up her appointment earlier this year, she was the BBC’s award winning Diplomatic Correspondent, covering major international news for BBC radio, television and online.

She is also former BBC Washington correspondent and was the BBC’s Moscow correspondent during the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She speaks fluent Russian, has twice interviewed President Putin and maintains a close interest in Russia and East/West relations.

Among her awards are the James Cameron Award for distinguished journalism and an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the 1994 New Year's Honours list.

She is also presenter of The Forum for BBC radio, a weekly discussion programme which explores new ideas and research from around the world. Her book The Cold War: A New Oral History of Life Between East and West came out in July 2017, accompanying a landmark Radio 4 radio series.       


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A series of conversations with distinguished academics, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

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