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.
Some 70 patients are now waiting for heart transplants in the Pittsburgh area.
Beaver County authorities have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.
An elderly man was hospitalized after being found suffering from hypothermia Tuesday morning.
Police are investigating after a person dressed as a bear reportedly jumped in front of a Shaler Township car.
Police are investigating a fatal shooting in Mount Oliver.
Firefighters are on the scene of a 2-alarm fire at the Accent Fuels storage facility in Homer City.
A local community is coming together for the common good of working together to give back to those in need.
Some local college students in complete shock. Without prior warning, the students at a local arts college were told their school was shutting down.
Pittsburgh police are investigating a shooting at a Mt. Lebanon apartment building.
The below freezing temperatures forced some school districts to delay the start of school today.
A man was killed in an early Wednesday morning fire in Armstrong County.
Allegheny County Police are looking into a deadly police-involved shooting in Monroeville.
Nelson Mandela made one visit to Pittsburgh back in 1991. But one local man has a very special connection to Mandela.
With lots of weather changes predicted in the forecast, Pittsburghers are gearing up.
There’s something rotten in Christmas tree country. And that has some farmers looking overseas for a solution.