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.
An entire community is praying for the little girl who was shot in the head Sunday night as she walked home with her babysitter in Knoxville.
A man arrested in connection with a shooting that left a young girl critically injured claims he was trying to scare off another man when his gun “started going crazy.”
Pittsburgh Police say they have made an arrest in connection with a shooting in Knoxville over the weekend that critically injured a 6-year-old girl.
The search is on for a missing bird from the National Aviary on the North Side.
A teenager is recovering in the hospital after being hit by a car while playing Pokemon Go.
A Washington County man is facing charges for allegedly holding his wife hostage for nearly two weeks because of text messages found on her phone.
Heavy rains from Thursday night’s storms caused some flash flooding in parts of the area.
A 4-year-old child is recovering today after being rescued from the community pool in Scott Township Wednesday evening.
Police and the SWAT team were called to the scene of a hostage situation in Hazelwood Friday morning.
The South Side had a patriotic look Thursday morning when bikers dressed in red, white and blue took off for the nation’s capital on a mission called 335 Miles for Veterans.
A man has pleaded guilty to sending threatening letters to local youth football league leaders.
One man was burned in an early Wednesday morning house fire in West Deer Township.
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.