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.
A Beaver Area School district bus driver has been banned after allegedly threatening students on his bus Wednesday.
A teenager who claimed she was sexually assaulted in a Washington County park earlier this month will now face charges after state police say they determined the allegations were false.
Pittsburgh Police and the SWAT team were called to Sheraden Wednesday morning. A man allegedly fired a shot during a domestic dispute, despite three children being home at the time.
Police are looking for a man accused of exposing himself to three kids at a Beaver County McDonald’s restaurant.
One person was killed and another was injured when a car crashed into a home in Hempfield Township.
Police are trying to find the driver in a hit and run in Washington County.
After a large party turned into a brawl last weekend and a shooting that wounded three people at the Monroeville Mall, the Allegheny County District Attorney met with local officials Thursday.
Two teenagers were charged for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle, even though they were both too young to have a driver’s license.
A small community in Westmoreland County is fighting to keep a playground in its neighborhood.
The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two robbery suspects who authorities say have targeted several banks in the North Hills.
The FBI and Ross Township Police are looking for two suspects following a bank robbery Friday morning.
A two-alarm house fire sent firefighters to North Braddock this afternoon.
Officials closed Seton-LaSalle High School in Mt. Lebanon due to a violent threat.
State Police are investigating after part of a metal grate or railing flew out of a vehicle and struck an oncoming vehicle in Armstrong County.
A Butler County auto body shop employee was flown to the hospital, and another injured, after a car lift failed.