Brenda Blackmon loves journalism and that passion and her talent has led to her being recognized a number of times over the years. Brenda has won four Emmys, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and more than a dozen Associated Press Awards. In 2010, The McDonalds Corp. presented Brenda with a special Award: Inspiration Through a Legendary Lifetime in Broadcasting.
WWOR TV in New York City presented a special half hour show, in honor of Brenda’s 20+year career that began in her hometown of Columbus, Ga. There she was recognized as “One of the Century’s Most Influential.”
During her tenure in television Brenda has covered the funeral of Pope John Paul and the 9/11 terror attacks. She has conducted exclusive interviews with Jack Kevorkian and a highly coveted one-on-one with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, in Palin’s only New York-area interview. Blackmon has covered politics and personal tragedies, breaking news and public affairs. Her exclusive with Cissy Houston after Whitney’s death made news worldwide.
Brenda’s community involvement dates back to her early days in television with the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Today she continues to volunteer for special events like SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer and Bergen Volunteers. In 2010, she was selected Woman of the Year by the Queens Courier newspaper and later New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor presented her The Shirley Chisholm Award in Public Service.
She is an active participant in the national campaign to find a cure for Lupus through the Lupus Research Alliance as a Board member. She founded her own 501c3-The Kelly Fund for Lupus Inc.
Blackmon graduated magna cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has received two honorary doctorates of humane letters from Caldwell College and FDU. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a member of the board of trustees.
Brenda holds two titles dearest to her heart- Mom and author of 2 books that she uses as fundraisers for research for a cure for Lupus. Brenda Blackmon: “A Mom’s Story” and Awareness Conciencia (a bilingual book about Lupus & faith).