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 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.
“I just feel like a new life starting. Like I have been born again and I guess February 2nd is my new birthday.”
A jury must determine whether a Pittsburgh man deserves the death penalty or life in prison for killing his next-door neighbors, two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker, while stealing a bank card from them in February 2014.
Officials are searching for a missing 15-year-old girl in the Armstrong County and Butler County areas.
A former boxing champion, accused of assaulting a woman at a local bar, was in court this morning for a preliminary hearing.
Word of the audit in the Penn Hills School District, detailing fraud, deception and mismanagement, spread faster than you can click the send button on your mobile device.
A man charged in a hit and run in Beaver County appeared in court Friday, but waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Just weeks after a student was found carrying a loaded handgun in Leechburg High School, the Armstrong County school district is set to install metal detectors.
Two seventh graders have been disciplined for trying to taint a batch of baked good that were to be served to a group of orientation day students.
A Westmoreland County teenager fought off a would-be robber after stopping to help a man with a flat tire over the weekend.
Two construction workers were hit by a vehicle near the Westinghouse Bridge Tuesday morning.
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.