She earned an Emmy for a segment called “On A Positive Note,” where she profiled local unsung heroes.
Brenda’s work has earned her several other honors, including “Who’s Who Among Black Americans” and two Associated Press awards.
In addition, Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District has honored Brenda twice as one of 100 outstanding women in the community.
Brenda received the Cecile B. Springer Womenpower Award recognizing women as superior role models in our society.
She has also been named a woman of distinction by the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Courier also named Brenda among its 50 Women of Excellence in 2008.
Active in the community, Brenda serves on the Sickle Cell Anemia Board, Small Seeds Board and POWER Board. She volunteers her time and makes contributions to several organizations including Myriam’s Women’s Shelter, Lydia’s Place and Women Inc. of Southwestern Pennsylvania and P.O.W.E.R. Brenda also speaks at local schools and churches.
She received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland and a master’s degree at American University.
She was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina and raised in Washington, DC by parents who told her…”the only time you look down at someone is when you are reaching down to pick them up.”
In her spare time Brenda enjoys reading, singing (when no one is around) and never leaves home without an audio book in the car.
A respiratory virus is affecting children across the country and experts say this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Police are looking into a deadly crash along the Oakland side of the Birmingham Bridge.
A three-alarm fire engulfed an apartment building in McCandless, and one man had to be rescued from the flames.
The parents of two young girls who were killed when a dresser fell on top of them while they were playing were in court today for a hearing.
A .22-caliber revolver pistol, an SKS assault rifle, a .40-caliber pistol and ammo.
Two officers were injured following a police chase in Beaver County Monday afternoon.
A man who shot a police officer during a foot chase last year was sentenced Thursday morning.
A man is behind bars after attacking a woman along the river trail on the North Shore.
It’s been an exciting day for students of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.
A tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 79 had a major impact on traffic Thursday.
A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Homewood on July 4, has been arrested.
The Allegheny Health Network has announced that its hospital campuses will be going smoke-free.
A Fayette County man is facing multiple charges after police say he assaulted his ex-girlfriend while driving.
A local mother is facing charges after allegedly leaving her son alone in the car while she went to the Rivers Casino Tuesday night.
Rape, alcohol and impersonating an officer of the law – these are all elements of a story that began with a runaway 15-year-old girl.