Brenda Blackmon Joins Fairleigh Dickinson University Board of Trustees
TEANECK, N.J. (March 14, 2011) — Award-winning television broadcaster Brenda Blackmon has been elected to the FDU Board of Trustees for a three-year term.
“We’re excited to welcome Brenda Blackmon to our Board of Trustees,” said FDU President J. Michael Adams. “Her pioneering role and long experience in communications as well as her deep connections with Fairleigh Dickinson as an alumna and an adjunct professor will serve the University well.”
Blackmon is the co-anchor of My9 WWOR-TV’s 11 p.m. newscast and owns a personal services business, Brenda Blackmon Communications Inc., which specializes in community outreach and networking.
Blackmon began her broadcasting career in her hometown of Columbus, Ga., where she became the first African-American anchor in the city’s history and was named by the city as “One of This Century’s Most Influential.” After six years in Columbus, she took a job in the larger market of Nashville, Tenn., then joined My9 in 1990 as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.
She has won numerous awards and honors for her professional expertise and community service, including a 2010 “Inspiration through a Legendary Lifetime in Broadcasting” award from the McDonalds Corp. That year she also won her fourth Emmy Award for Best Single Newscast and she has been nominated for 15 additional Emmy Awards. Blackmon has won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Excellence and more than a dozen Associated Press Awards.
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. Last year she was selected Woman of the Year by the Queens Courier newspaper and by New Jersey’s Speaker of the House 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 holds a bachelor’s degree in communications (2001) from FDU’s Metropolitan Campus, and honorary doctorates from FDU and Caldwell College. She is an adjunct professor of communications at FDU. In 2010, she won an FDU Pinnacle award, the highest award the University bestows upon its alumni.