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.
Christmas is the season for giving, or giving back. A few days before Christmas, a local woman will get a gift that is pretty high on her list.
An Irwin man charged with strangling a dog he adopted from a local animal shelter is going to trial.
Three women were fined for abandoning an injured dog earlier this year on the North Side.
A man is recovering, after being shot twice during an attempted robbery in Highland Park.
Police have released new surveillance video of a stolen school bus that ended up inside a Monroeville Business.
After a shocking attack against a Mexican grocery store in Brookline, people from all over the city are showing their support. And that support is only expected to grow Saturday during a rally of solidarity.
A school bus driver faces public drunkenness charges and having an open container when he was scheduled to drive a Pittsburgh team back to the North Side after a school basketball game in Beaver County.
An 8-year-old girl is being credited with helping to save her mother’s life in Morningside.
Crews rushed to the scene of a big fire that spread to two homes in Homewood early Wednesday morning.
Two Pittsburgh City Council members introduced legislation today involving the billing issues with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
A western Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to pay $600 in damages after she hurled driveway gravel at her next-door neighbor’s drone.
Police say the man who robbed a convenience store in Beaver County and got away with a cup of coffee, cigarettes and cash was bold and brazen.
Police say he strangled his dog and showed no remorse. In fact, he was preparing to dig a hole in his backyard to bury the animal.
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.