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.
There is 94,000 square feet of warehouse space at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and 27,000,000 pounds of food go in and out of here yearly. Starting Friday, those supplies are going to go out much faster with the cut in food stamp benefits.
Two teenagers were injured in a Thursday morning crash in Washington County.
More than 3 Miles of holiday lights once lead the way to the mansion at Hartwood Acres.
The KD Turkey Fund is underway, and no one fought for the Turkey Fund quite like our late colleague, Yvonne Zanos; except maybe her kids and grandkids.
A local man has completed a sports event that most of us get winded just thinking about. He competed in a triathlon every day for 30 days.
A former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who was reported missing on Tuesday, has been found.
A Beaver County boy is being treated at a local hospital after he was badly burned over nearly 40 percent of his body during an accident while making lunch Tuesday afternoon.
New Castle police are investigating after two people were shot inside a home early Friday morning.
One person is dead after an early Thursday morning fire in Castle Shannon.
Leon Ford was shot during a 20-minute traffic stop last November. Now, he could have charges against him dropped as officials look at crucial piece of evidence – dash cam video.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting along the East Busway last week.
Problems for Dean Payne and his common-law wife Michole Persinger began inside the house they shared with their six children in Troy Hill.
One man has been arrested following a fatal accident in Murrysville Wednesday night.
Two homes were destroyed and a third was damaged by a suspected arson fire on the North Side early Wednesday morning.
Several members of Pittsburgh City Council spoke out in support of workers and former employees at UPMC today.