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.
Macy’s has donated more than 100 historical items to the Heinz History Center.
A man charged with killing two of his friends last year in Knoxville claimed self-defense, but a jury rejected that and convicted him of murder.
A Hastings man is behind bars, after leading police on a high-speed chase on his motorcycle.
A man is now locked in the Butler County Prison, accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl he met on social media.
A Penn Hills High School student is charged with beating up a school security guard.
An intense, smoky fire destroyed a home in Monroeville Friday afternoon.
“Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller has been charged with hiding $775,000 worth of income from the Lifetime network reality show and spinoff projects during her Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Police are investigating after a woman posed as an independent living center employee to steal money from residents.
If you’re looking for a Halloween costume, the Goodwill is where you want to go.
Slot machines are the biggest money makers for casinos, but now the “one-armed bandits” are making way for arcade-style video games to attract younger players.
The Pittsburgh VA is dealing with Legionella once again, after three faucets at one of its hospitals tested positive for the bacteria.
Police are looking for a man accused of trying to rob a female truck driver in Butler County.
The parents of a 5-month-old girl who died over the weekend in Beaver County are now facing new charges.
The man charged with a hit and run involving a woman in a wheelchair in East Liberty made bail Friday afternoon but faces numerous traffic violations and a DUI.
Pope Francis was greeted by cheers as he stepped onto the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday.