Brenda Wood is a veteran broadcast journalist whose career spans 37 years reporting and anchoring the news in the south.
As the current evening anchor of NBC affiliate WXIA 11Alive Brenda is one of Atlanta's most prominent and trusted local news broadcasters.
Born in Washington, D.C, Brenda is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Loma Linda University in Riverside, California. Upon receiving her Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and Mass Media in 1977 Brenda began her journalism career only months later as a general assignment reporter at WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama.
A year later in 1978 Brenda accepted a reporting position at WSM-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, but just a few months later at the age of 23 she returned to WAAY in Huntsville to become the weeknight anchor for the 6pm and 10pm news. She also continued general assignment reporting and hosted a half hour weekly public affairs program. In 1980 Brenda's career took her to Memphis, Tennessee, where she spent eight years as the primetime anchor for the weekday evening newscasts at WMC-TV. She was Memphis' first black female news anchor .
In 1988, Brenda accepted the primetime anchor position at WAGATV in Atlanta, Georgia where she also reported and co-produced and hosted the Emmy Award-winning news magazine show Minute by Minute.
Brenda later joined WXIA-TV in Atlanta in 1997. She currently anchors for the 5pm. 6pm and 11pm weeknight newscasts. She also anchored The Daily 11 at 7 newscast that featured her award winning and nationally recognized Last Word commentary. Brenda has also co-produced and hosted several Emmy Award-winning prime time specials at WXIA including multiple editions of Journeys with Brenda Wood.
Throughout her career Brenda has received numerous honors and awards, including eighteen Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Region; four awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters; The Gannett Broadcast Writing Award for Short Form Commentary, four awards from the National Association of Black Journalists; and six awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists; .
In 2006 Brenda was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2013 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year by the Governor's Office of the Georgia Women's Commission. In 2014 she was named an African American HistoryMaker and her career story is archived at the Library of Congress. Most recently, in November 2014 Brenda was inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame.
Over her 26 years in the Atlanta market Brenda has also received numerous awards and recognition for her community work with local schools and youth groups as well as with a wide range of civic and humanitarian organizations including The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, The American Cancer Society, Pink Ribbons fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness, CARE, Go Red for Women, The Georgia Mental Health Association, Project Interconnections for the homeless, The Task Force for the Homeless, Hosea Feed the Homeless, The Alzheimer's Association of Atlanta, and Kenny Leon's True Colors Theater Company, to name a few.
Brenda has been named Who's Who in Atlanta; awarded the NAACP Phoenix Award for "Best News Anchor," and named "Best Local News Anchor" by Atlanta Magazine.
Brenda is the mother of two adult daughters, Kristen Wood Burke and Kandis Wood Jackson.