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 Mercer County police officer killed in a crash earlier this month, was laid to rest Wednesday morning.
A Fayette County Fair worker accused of running down a man in a truck appeared in court Tuesday.
Police are looking for a man who grabbed a girl, trying to restrain her, in Brentwood.
A local non-profit organization is missing $10,000 of equipment after thieves broke in Monday night.
At almost $3 per pound on the scrap market, copper is a hot commodity these days.
Two teenage boys put a new twist on neighborhood watch.
A man who allegedly killed a female acquaintance after he escaped from the Armstrong County Jail faces a preliminary hearing.
A state police fire marshal is investigating a blaze that killed a child at a home in Mercer County.
The mother of a 2-year-old Pennsylvania girl found dead in a ravine June 14 will go to trial on charges she killed the girl after becoming angry about helping the toddler clean herself after using the toilet.
It was two years ago when a drunk driver killed an 18-year-old woman on Route 28.
A vigil will be held tonight for a 2-year-old child that nearly drowned in Washington County last week.
A 2-year-old boy was flown from Canonsburg Hospital Thursday to Children’s Hospital.
She’s dealt with more ups and downs than most people five times her age.
A local woman is giving her dad a late Father’s Day gift. It won’t be wrapped in fancy paper with a bow, but it will save his life.
With the news that samples of mosquitoes from Pittsburgh’s West End tested positive for West Nile Virus, local health officials have taken action.