14th December 2005


Award-winning Journalists join University


Two award-winning journalists have been appointed as Visiting Professors of the University of Lincoln.


Bridget Kendall, diplomatic correspondent at the BBC, and investigative reporter Phillip Knightley have joined the Lincoln School of Journalism.


Professors Kendall and Knightley will join other big names such as Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs, and John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, as Visiting Professors at the Lincoln School of Journalism.


“It is evidence of the growing status of the Lincoln School of Journalism that such eminent journalists are happy to be associated with the university,” said Richard Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.


“We look forward to both these top journalists putting their vast experience to the benefit of students in the school.”


Professor Kendall has been the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent since 1998 and has reported on military and political issues across the world.


She has made many political documentaries for BBC Television and her interviewees have included high profile leaders such as King Abdullah of Jordan and President Putin.


Educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Professor Kendall has won a host of honours including the James Cameron Award for Distinguished Journalism and the Bronze Sony Award for Reporter of the Year, and was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2004.


Phillip Knightley was a special correspondent for the Sunday Times for 20 years and one of the leaders of its Insight investigative team.


His two main professional interests have been war reporting and propaganda and espionage. In more than 30 years of writing about espionage he has met dozens of officers, agents and spy chiefs of most of the major intelligence services in the world.

He has twice been named as Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards and Granada Reporter of the Year. In 2005, he was made a member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

For more information contact: Becky Stonham, Press Office Assistant

01522 886042                         rstonham@lincoln.ac.uk