Brenda Blackmon is co-anchor of My9 TV's The 10 O'clock News. In 2010, she won her fourth Emmy Award for Best Single Newscast and has been nominated for 15 additional Emmy Awards. Blackmon is also the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Excellence. Additionally, she has won more than a dozen Associated Press Awards.
Blackmon received a 2010 "Inspiration through a Legendary Lifetime in Broadcasting" award from the McDonalds Corporation. WWOR presented a special salute in honor of her career that began in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia where she was recognized as "One of the Century's Most Influential."
Throughout her broadcast career, she has covered KuKluxKlan rallies and Presidential inaugurations, the funeral of Pope John Paul and 9-11. Blackmon has delivered exclusive interviews with Jack Kevorkian and a highly-coveted one-on-one interview with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in her only local New York area interview. Blackmon has covered politics and personal tragedies, breaking news and public affairs.
Her community involvement dates back to her early days in television with the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and the Lou Rawls Telethon. Today she continues to volunteer for special events with SHARE-(Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer) and the Bergen Volunteers. She was selected as Woman of the Year by the Queens Courier News in 2010. Also in 2010, she was also selected by New Jersey's Speaker of the House in the General Assembly to receive the Shirley Chisholm Award in Public Service. She is an active participant in the national campaign to find a cure for Lupus, through the Alliance for Lupus Research and 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. Fairleigh Dickinson University will recognize her in June, 2010 with the highest honor the college bestows: The Pinnacle Award-recognizing the University's most distinguished and accomplished alumni.