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.
Police are trying to figure out how a school bus slammed into a local vitamin shop early Thursday morning.
Firefighters were back on the scene of the Leetsdale industrial park fire Wednesday morning putting out hot spots, and they say it could be some time before the actual cause is pinpointed.
A report of shots being fired on the North Side led to a SWAT situation Tuesday morning.
A sign in the window of a house in Canonsburg warning drug dealers they will be reported is causing quite a stir. Not among suspected drug dealers, but neighbors concerned about property values.
A group of students at Clarion University were set for the opening night of a stage production. Then, they got the news – “the show must not go on.”
The family of the 28-year-old woman who was fatally shot Monday in her East Hills apartment are speaking out about their loved one who was the mother to eight children.
A Butler County man is facing charges for allegedly trying to disarm a female police officer over the weekend.
Firefighters had to rush to a home in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood Friday morning.
Not much is left of the mobile home in Connoquenessing Borough, and now police are saying the fire may have been set by one of the people who lived there.
A crossing guard was taken to the hospital after getting hit by a car in McKees Rocks Wednesday morning.
Pittsburgh has produced some pretty big celebrities in mainstream music today, and now a new name is about to be added to the ranks.
Police are offering a $15,000 reward in hopes of finding a man who shot a Beaver County police officer in his bulletproof vest.
The police officer shot early this morning in Beaver County is very well-known throughout his community and has been honored for his service.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has now released the identities of the man and woman who were killed when they were run over by a Port Authority bus.
Virginia Avenue is a busy stretch of road in Rochester.