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 investigating after nearly a dozen cars were damaged in attempted break-ins on the South Side overnight.
A western Pennsylvania police officer who made headlines when he won a $1 million Powerball drawing last month has been removed from the schedule because he’s named in a criminal complaint charging his wife with working as a scheduler for a prostitution business.
A Washington County man is being called a hero after he pulled a woman out of a burning car.
A man is facing charges in relation to the sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman over the weekend.
Police are searching for a North Braddock man who suffers from dementia.
A man from Virginia has been arrested after traveling to Pittsburgh to allegedly have sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Two people accused of stealing bronze vases worth thousands of dollars from a cemetery in Westmoreland County and then selling them for scrap are heading to trial.
Police were called to Gibsonia this morning where a man reportedly barricaded himself inside of a home.
A student at Trinity High School in Washington County is accused of bringing several box cutters to school, and then giving them to another student who allegedly threatened a third student.
A part-time Rankin Police officer, who bought a lottery ticket in our area, is now a millionaire.
Three men accused of killing a Washington & Jefferson College student in 2012 pleaded guilty in court Tuesday.
Two pit bulls are being quarantined after authorities say they attacked a Brentwood police officer, sending him to the hospital with injuries.
A former council member from O’Hara Township was in court this morning for a preliminary hearing.
A woman was charged with her second DUI while her 2-year-old child was in the car, police say.
Beaver County is reinforcing a law already on the books after complaints about flags being removed by cemetery workers too soon.