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.
Part of West Carson Street of the South Shore is closed after a landslide Tuesday morning.
A Stanton Heights man has been charged in a shooting that left another man in critical condition.
A Beaver County woman was all set to have her wedding and reception at a venue in Industry, but then the bottom fell out of her plans when the facility was suddenly sold.
Police are investigating after a toddler fell 12 feet out of a window in Butler County Monday afternoon.
A ticket to the U.S. Open at Oakmont, like the summer weather in Pittsburgh, is hot.
Oakmont is in the national spotlight as the U.S. Open takes center stage over the next few days. And just as the players are preparing, so is the surrounding community.
An argument over scrap led to one woman allegedly lighting a mobile home on fire in Butler County.
Emergency crews were called to the scene of a shooting on the North Side Thursday morning.
Three fires in two days in McKeesport are being considered suspicious, but investigators have not labeled the incidents as arson.
A woman is recovering after being shot in New Kensington Tuesday morning.
A Greene County bakery is whipping up some special treats, and they are just flying off the shelves.
“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.