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.
The former treasurer and president of a Washington County volunteer fire department have been charged with embezzling over $100,000 from the department.
A man accused of shooting two dogs in the head and leaving them to die in a Beaver County park will stand trial.
A trip to get a haircut turned deadly, after a man walking across a parking lot was hit by a car in Butler County.
Police have arrested a man accused of shaking his girlfriend’s baby so severely the baby died, and it wasn’t the first time he was accused of abuse.
The Airmall at Pittsburgh International Airport will be open to the public on Saturday for holiday shopping.
Police in Ross Township have released surveillance video and photos in an attempted robbery and shooting at a Ross Township business.
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Darlene Harris is proposing changes to the city’s animal care ordinances.
The Parkway West and Fort Pitt Tunnel inbound remain closed due to icy conditions.
A man convicted of killing a Beaver County couple will serve two life sentences for his role in the murder.
Police are investigating a possible cemetery scam in Kittanning.
Today is a somber day at West Virginia University. A freshman student, who died after being found unresponsive in a frat house, is being remembered
A woman charged in the shooting death of her cousin in Upper Saint Clair is now out of jail, released just hours after she waived a preliminary hearing.
State police say a western Pennsylvania man who befriended a woman at a harness racing track two years ago has since conned her out of $15,000 by pretending he had cancer.
A day after a dog was mauled and killed in a city park; the city councilmember who represents the area is calling for more signage and possibly the presence of park rangers.
After nearly a half-dozen bomb threats at a Greene County high school, state police say they have made an arrest in some of the threats.