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Kendall was born in Abingdon, Berkshire, a daughter of statistician David George Kendall and Diana (née Fletcher). She has two brothers (one of whom is probabilist Professor Wilfrid Kendall) and three sisters.
Kendall was educated at Perse School for Girls, in the city of Cambridge in Cambridgeshire, followed by Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she read Modern Languages, and spent two years in Russia on British Council scholarships in 1977 and 1982. Her postgraduate Soviet studies took her from St Antony's College, Oxford to Harvard University, where she spent two years as a Harkness Fellow in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Life and career
Kendall joined the BBC in 1983 as a radio production trainee for BBC World Service. She was the BBC's Moscow correspondent from 1989 to 1995, and developed her background in Russian politics. She was in Moscow to witness the power struggles in the Soviet Communist party as Mikhail Gorbachev tried to introduce reform, reported on the break-up of the Soviet Union and the internal conflicts in Chechnya, Georgia and Tajikistan. She sent reports of the coup in August 1991 and covered Boris Yeltsin's rise to power.
She is the host of the talk show The Forum on BBC World Service radio.
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