- For the mirror universe counterpart, see Pennington (mirror).
Tim Pennington was a human journalist in the 23rd century. He was born in Scotland in 2238, the son of a junior diplomat. At age eight (2246) he accompanied his father on a goodwill visit to Vulcan.
In 2259 took a job as a stringer for the Federation News Service. In 2265 he became a frontier correspondent, based on Stars Landing, the civilian section of Starbase 47, reporting to FNS editor Arlys Warfield. After filing a report on the destruction of the USS Bombay, that was made to look inaccurate, he was fired from that position.
After being fired from FNS, he began traveling with Cervantes Quinn on board Quinn's ship the Rocinante.
He held himself to high ethical standards as a journalist, but struggled to do so in his personal affairs, particularly in regard to his marriage to Lora Brummer.
The Pennington School in Wellington, New Zealand, was named in his honor. (VAN novel: Harbinger)