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.
Although violent crime is down in Pittsburgh compared to previous years, violent crimes are still making headlines everyday.
A rooster living on one man’s property in the area of Wylie Avenue and Roberts Street is causing a lot of noise.
Two men have been charged with fighting in front of children at a youth football game in Rochester.
Veterinarians are working to save the life of a cat after it was shot with an arrow.
PennDOT officials announced that the Liberty Bridge will not reopen on Monday. In fact, it could be weeks before the bridge is reopened.
There are several surveillance and security cameras downtown, but not all of them are operational.
A man who pleaded no contest to setting a fire that caused $2 million worth of damage to buildings in Homestead was sentenced Thursday morning.
More police officers will be in downtown Pittsburgh today after a shooting outside the Wood Street T Station.
Police are investigating after a teenager was shot and killed in the city’s Garfield neighborhood Monday night.
A Duquesne police officer, who was killed in a crash over the weekend, was laid to rest Thursday morning.
A Beaver County man is accused of smoking marijuana with an 8-year-old child.
Officials are working to locate the person responsible for leaving several puppies in the trash in Fayette County this weekend.
Three people accused in a kidnapping and assault case were in court on Thursday.
The Washington County District Attorney’s Office says there will be an investigation after a woman allegedly abducted by her husband was later found dead.
The students at Carlow University officially moved in today and the university had a special treat in store.