Brenda Blackmon is a New York Television News Legend. Most recently she anchored the PIX11 News at 6:30 p.m.
She’s still most recognized for her position as an Emmy Award winning Anchor at WWOR-TV in New York. For 23 years as Lead Anchor she covered it all-Presidential Inaugurations, global exclusives and stories that changed us all, like September 11th.
Blackmon started her career in the early seventies at The Ledger Enquirer Newspaper and went on to land her first television job in 1973.
After six years of paying her dues as a reporter, Blackmon became the first African American news anchor in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia and has been breaking down barriers ever since.
She’s been honored with four Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards for Broadcast Excellence and more than a dozen Associated Press Awards. The Network Journal recognized her as one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business.” She was honored with the Shirley Chisholm Award for public service. She was also named Woman of the Year by the Queens, New York Courier News.
Blackmon is active in the community with organizations like SHARE-support for women with breast and ovarian cancer.
She is the founder of “The Kelly Fund for Lupus, Inc.” an organization she created in 2008 a few years after her daughter Kelly was diagnosed with lupus. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to supporting those affected by lupus, educating the public, and helping to find a cure.
Blackmon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson in New Jersey where she later taught as an adjunct professor and serves on the Board of Trustees. She also holds a Master’s Degree (MPA) in Public Administration and has received three honorary doctorates.