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.
Firefighters were called to a home in Scott Township after it went up in flames.
Things got a little hot and smoky Tuesday morning at the Brentwood Borough Building and everyone had to be evacuated.
A jury deliberating the sentence for a man convicted of killing a local couple was deadlocked on its decision.
The same jury that convicted a Pittsburgh man for the murder of a Beaver Falls couple heard testimony Wednesday about whether he should live or die for the crime.
As Andrew Patterson left the magistrate’s office in Monroeville Tuesday, the one-time church volunteer hid his face.
The US Attorney’s Office made a big announcement Friday morning, saying it would be handing down indictments for 40 suspects in a drug trafficking ring.
Police are investigating an alleged attempted child luring in Bell Acres Borough Thursday morning.
The principal at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School has resigned after just a year and a half on the job, and Diocese officials say they’re surprised by the move.
The state Attorney General’s office has filed a civil action suit against an illegal fireworks company in Aliquippa.
Two women, accused of forging and filling prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of dollars of Oxycodone, faced the judge at a preliminary hearing in Greensburg Thursday.
It’s been more than three years since a Washington County man was murdered inside his home, shot in the back of the head as he slept.
A teenager was seriously injured in a treehouse collapse over the weekend in Butler County.
She was supposed to be babysitting her 1-year-old granddaughter, but police say this grandma had other plans.
A Pittsburgh grandmother is facing charges after police say she left her 1-year-old granddaughter home alone in the middle of the night to have drinks with a man.
Once a booming steel town, the city of Aliquippa is now down to a population of just over 9,000 people; and as of Wednesday night, the city is also down three police officers.