Brenda H. Andrews. Photos by Ernest Lowery.
Brenda H. Andrews is publisher, owner, and company president of the New Journal and Guide (founded in 1900). The Journal and Guide is the oldest black newspaper in Virginia and one of the oldest newspapers in the country. The New Journal and Guide gives visibility to issues affecting the African-American community, particularly, those issues that are not often discussed in mainstream media.
Brenda’s early life is entwined with Virginia and U.S. history. She and three other students integrated Lynchburg’s E.C. Glass High School and she participated in the 1963 historic March on Washington. In 1970, she graduated from California State University, Sacramento with degrees in English and psychology. After graduation, she taught for a short time before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where she started working in publishing. She edited a community paper in Nuremberg, West Germany and was an associate editor of the Army’s Newswire Service at the Pentagon.
Brenda with children during a Kwanzaa celebration.
With years of experience working in publishing, she became assistant to the publisher at the Journal and Guide in 1982. In 1987, she was promoted to publisher. Four years later, she was promoted to president and assumed ownership of the publication. At this time, the paper’s name was changed to its present title, the New Journal and Guide.
In 2013, Brenda received the MLK Memorial Award from Old Dominion University (ODU). In 2016, she received the Tidewater Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. In 2018 the newspaper celebrated its 118th year. Andrews is responsible for bringing the newspaper into the digital age with the establishment of a dedicated website and social media presence. Brenda H. Andrews’ legacy will live on in future generations who are just as curious and passionate about telling the truth as she is.