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 50-year-old Cranberry Township man is accused of molesting three young children.
A young man accused of shooting a pregnant teen and killing her unborn baby has been found guilty.
Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire Wednesday morning that destroyed a house in Lawrenceville.
A Butler County man is facing charges after his 4-year-old son was found wandering last week.
A tour bus driver for the California Area High School band was arrested last week during the band’s trip to Tennessee.
There was a tearful farewell Friday to a family of five killed in a house fire.
A volunteer firefighter is facing charges for allegedly setting a Beaver County business on fire.
A Hazelwood woman on her way to meet a friend for coffee Tuesday morning never made it after she fell through a hole in a sewer grate and her leg became trapped.
It’s a family reunion like you have never seen. Two brothers find each other after 59 years.
Police are looking to speak with the driver of a vehicle that may have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in McKees Rocks.
Teachers and other staff members of the Highlands School District will walk the picket lines Wednesday morning.
A woman and her boyfriend are facing charges, accused of torturing her two year old son.
Cranberry Township has been using LED traffic lights for more than 15 years, and not once have they had to change a bulb, but with this convenience and economic advantage also comes some challenges.
The Pine-Richland School District doesn’t have a specific policy on the use of restrooms for transgender students, but changes could be on the way.
A woman visiting the area is putting out a warning to local parents and pet owners after she went through a frightening experience Sunday night with one of her small dogs.