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.
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.
A man wanted for allegedly exposing himself to three kids at a Beaver County McDonald’s has been arrested.
One person has been arrested in connection with an arson at a Westmoreland County apartment building Wednesday morning.
Police are investigating after a grocery store in Westwood was burglarized Tuesday morning.
A Fayette County woman is accused of stealing from children who play football for the Albert Gallatin Youth Football League.
A local woman, whose teenage son was overweight, decided she wasn’t going to let him go through life that way.
Police are evacuating Shaler High School in Shaler Township due to a bomb threat.
The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is looking for a loving home for an emaciated dog that has been nursed back to health.
The Animal Rescue League was inundated with phone calls and requests to adopt the 18 Yorkies whose owner passed away.
Emergency crews have been called to a train derailment in Hazelwood.