TV Anchor Brenda Blackmon to Share Secrets of the Newsroom at FDU Club Event

Teaneck, NJ (April 8, 2009) — Brenda Blackmon, co-anchor of My9 WWOR-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast, will be the featured speaker at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s FDU Club event on April 30. Her topic is “Secrets of the Newsroom.” Blackmon has received numerous industry honors during her broadcasting career, including three Emmy Awards for Best Single Newscast in the New York area.

The FDU Club, an organization established to encourage networking, socialization and learning among FDU alumni, will host the event from 6-8 p.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, at The Shops at Riverside in the Domenico Room.  Guests will also enjoy a three-course dinner and have the opportunity to network.

Blackmon, who graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson with a B.A. in Communications in 2001, holds honorary doctorates from FDU and Caldwell College. She began her broadcasting career in her hometown of Columbus, Ga., where she became the first African-American anchor in the city's history. Blackmon has also been named by the city as "One of this Century's Most Influential."

Her community involvement, specifically as host of the Jerry Lewis Telethon for many years, has resulted in numerous citation and merit awards for "exceptional support." Blackmon is the recipient of special Recognition Awards from the March of Dimes and U.S. Navy. She has been honored with the "Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award;" Outstanding Young Women In America – 1985. In March 2006, The Network Journal honored her as one of the "25 Most Influential Black Business Women in Business."

The $30 cost for the event includes the three-course dinner. A cash bar will be available. Space is limited, so please register in advance and arrive at 6 p.m.  Maggiano’s Little Italy is located in The Shops at Riverside, 70 Riverside Sq. Hackensack, NJ. To register by phone or for information, contact Madelyn Fine, 201.692.7013 or

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