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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Teal
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Turks and Caicos
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/8/1955
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Broadcast journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Teal
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Turks and Caicos
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/8/1955
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Brenda Blackmon Wood was born on September 8, 1955 in Washington, D.C. to Welvin Bray and Bernice Blackmon. Wood graduated from Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland in 1973. She went on to receive her B.A. degree in speech communication and mass media from Loma Linda University in Southern California in 1977.

Upon graduation in 1977, Wood was hired as a news reporter for WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. In 1978, she left that market for a brief time to serve as a general assignment reporter at WSM-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. One year later, Wood returned to WAAY-TV as the evening news anchor. In 1980, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she spent eight years as the evening weekday news anchor for WMC-TV. In 1988, Wood was hired as the evening news anchor and reporter at Atlanta, Georgia’s WAGA-TV, where she also hosted the Emmy award-winning news magazine show, Minute by Minute. She then joined WXIA-TV in Atlanta in 1997, where she anchors the 6pm and 11pm weekday newscasts, as well as her signature newscast, The Daily 11 at 7 with Brenda Wood. Wood was also co-producer and host of WXIA-TV’s Emmy award-winning prime time show, Journeys with Brenda Wood, which has received the National Association of Black Journalists’ 1998 award for Community Affairs Programming.

Throughout her career Wood has received numerous honors and awards, including eighteen Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Southeast Region; six awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ); and three awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB). In 2013 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year by the Governor's Office of the Georgia Women's Commission, and received the Legacy Award from the Atlanta Business League. Wood has also been named Who's Who in Atlanta; awarded the NAACP's Phoenix Award for "Best News Anchor," and named "Best Local News Anchor" by Atlanta Magazine in 1998. Wood has also received an award from the Georgia Chapter of Women in Communication, the Gabriel Award of Merit from the National Association of Catholic Churches, and a journalism award from the Georgia Psychological Association, as well as several awards and honors from local civic and community organizations.

Wood is a member of the NATAS, the NABJ, the AABJ, the Atlanta Press Club, and Women in Film. She serves on the boards of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theater Company and Chayil, Inc., a nonprofit that helps domestic abuse victims. In addition, Wood serves on several local advisory boards in the Atlanta area.

Wood lives in Atlanta, Georgia and has two daughters, Kristen and Kandis.

Brenda Wood was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 21, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Brenda Wood's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Brenda Wood lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Brenda Wood talks about her biological mother and her adoptive mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Brenda Wood talks about her adoptive parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Brenda Wood describes the history of musicianship in her maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Brenda Wood describes her adoptive father's family background and talks about his career as a musician
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Brenda Wood talks about the death of her biological mother in 1960, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Brenda Wood describes her adoptive mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Brenda Wood describes growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Brenda Wood talks about the death of her biological mother in 1960, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Brenda Wood explains why her adoptive father, Henry Blackmon, immigrated to the Netherlands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Brenda Wood recalls her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Brenda Wood talks about her upbringing as a Seventh Day Adventist and attending Seventh Day Adventist schools throughout her education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Brenda Wood describes her experience at Smothers Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Brenda Wood talks about her experiences at Woodson Junior High School and the Dupont Park Church Seventh Day Adventist School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Brenda Wood remembers taking piano lessons from her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Brenda Wood remembers watching JC Hayward and Max Robinson on Channel 9 in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Brenda Wood talks about her mother's friendship with singer and actress Joyce Bryant
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Brenda Wood talks about her mother's relationship with singer Roberta Flack
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Brenda Wood talks about wanting to be a Broadway performer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Brenda Wood describes her experience at Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Brenda Wood remembers the riots in Washington, D.C. in 1968 after Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Brenda Wood describes the racial demographics of the student body at Takoma Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Brenda Wood describes how she became interested in speech and communications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Brenda Wood talks about deciding to attend Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Brenda Wood talks briefly about the Loma Linda University Medical Center's legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Brenda Wood talks about transferring to Loma Linda University and wanting to become an investigative filmmaker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Brenda Wood remembers being interviewed by WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Brenda Wood talks about joining WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Brenda Wood explains why she chose not to leave Huntsville, Alabama for Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Brenda Wood talks about receiving an offer to join WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Brenda Wood talks about her marriage in 1978