Penny's Masterclasses, introduced in 2006, bring up-to date news techniques and skills to the students from one of the country's top professionals. City University is the only University to have as part of its curriculum a masterclass from an award-winning national TV correspondent.
Penny's guest lecturers this year have included Craig Oliver, Editor of the BBC's 10 o' clock News, and Deborah Turness, Editor of ITV News.
Penny has had an unrivalled career. She was the first woman in Britain to be appointed as a foreign correspondent based abroad for the national TV news. She has won an EMMY, a BAFTA and an RTS award for her work in Eastern Europe and Russia in the 1990s.
For three decades she was one of the key faces of ITN's news coverage: from the revolution in Romania to the release of Nelson Mandela from prison.Her exclusive reports revealing the Serb-run detention camps of Northern Bosnia in 1992 had an impact across the world and remain one of the most important TV exclusives of this era.
Her work on the Sudan border in 2005 was the first to highlight the refugee crisis in Eastern Chad.
Her reporting has been recognised by Amnesty International for its insight and courage.
She has lived and worked as a foreign correspondent in Moscow and South Africa.
Penny now works as a freelance broadcaster and reporter appearing regularly on ITN and Radio 4. She also teaches TV reporting to professional journalists in emerging democracies.