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.
Police are investigating after an elderly man was found dead inside his home this afternoon in Kennedy Township.
A man has been found guilty in connection with a fatal shooting in McKeesport.
One woman was injured after hitting a parked car and crashing into a tree in Ross Township Tuesday morning.
Earlier this week, a devastating fire badly damaged a homeless shelter and put the good work they do for the less fortunate on hold.
A pizza shop owner spent a night in jail for being a “self-centered jerk.”
Police are investigating an alleged attempted child luring in Pleasant Hills.
It was a big day for two Salvation Army employees. Kate Esker and Mike Riemer both underwent surgery at Allegheny General Hospital on Tuesday, and are recovering well. Esker donated a kidney to Riemer.
Mine subsidence is likely to blame for recent road collapses in Lawrence County.
Michael Riemer, Director of Emergency Disaster Services at The Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division, is to receive a kidney Tuesday from co-worker Kate Esker.
Officials are investigating the death of a Butler County man who died in a skydiving accident in northeast Ohio.
A North Side boy is back with his family and they say “Welcome home.”
Police say the since-fired youth director at a local church raped and sexually assaulted a 16-year-old church member.
Words can often cut like a knife and be just as painful, especially when referring to people with disabilities.
A fire in Armstrong County has left one person dead.
Crews are working to rescue a construction worker who is partially buried in a trench.