April/May 2016

Alumna Brenda Blackmon Rejoins Trustees

Brenda Blackmon, evening anchor at WPIX  television (Channel 11) in New York City, has been elected to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Board of Trustees. She previously served on the board from 2011 to 2014.

Brenda Blackmon

Blackmon graduated with a BA in communications from FDU in 2001 and an MPA from FDU in 2013. She anchored on WWOR-TV (My9NJ) in Secaucus, N.J., for 23 years before moving to WPIX. She previously worked in Nashville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ga., where she was the first African-American anchor in the city’s history and was named by the city as “One of This Century’s Most Influential” people.

“We are delighted to welcome Brenda Blackmon back to our Board of Trustees,” said FDU President Sheldon Drucker. “Her experience in communications as well as her long-standing relationship with Fairleigh Dickinson as an alumna and an adjunct professor will be great assets to the University.”

Blackmon has won four Emmy awards, more than a dozen Associated Press Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast excellence and the 2010 “Inspiration Through a Legendary Lifetime in Broadcasting” award from McDonald’s Corp. She is also the president of her own enterprise, Brenda Blackmon Communications Inc., whose mission, “Teach one. Take one,” reflects the importance of giving back to the community and reaching out to others.

She has stayed actively involved in the FDU community by speaking at the University as well as teaching the course TV News: The Big Issues. She received The PINNACLE award, the highest award the University bestows upon its alumni, in June 2010. She also has an honorary doctorate of humane letters from FDU.

Blackmon also stays involved in her community by volunteering for SHARE (a support organization for women with breast or ovarian cancer). She founded the Kelly Fund for Lupus Inc., after her daughter was diagnosed with lupus while in college, and continues to be active with the organization. Blackmon wrote a book on her experience with her daughter’s illness called, A Mom’s Story. She previously was active with the Jerry Lewis Telethon, the Lou Rawls Telethon and the Bergen Volunteers.