Meet Brenda Ladun

Prime-time news anchor and author Brenda Ladun is a breast cancer survivor, being cancer free at five years. When faced with her personal battle with breast cancer, she inspired the countless viewers who watched the nightly news for the results of her chemotherapy treatment and her courageous battle. As a result of her willingness to share her battle and story in a public forum, she has become a recognizable spokesperson for breast cancer awareness and is a frequent speaker at women’s events and health fairs.

Her first book, Getting Better, Not Bitter: A Spiritual Prescription for Breast Cancer, was well received, with more than 10,000 copies being sold. For her journalistic coverage of breast cancer, she has received numerous awards. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awarded her the National Media Award for her prime-time coverage of breast cancer. She is the recipient of the American Cancer Society Life Inspiration Award and the American Cancer Society award for Best TV Coverage. She also has received the Edward R. Murrow Awardfor radio and television journalism for a series she did on breast cancer.

Brenda has been a news anchor and reporter for more than two decades. She started her news anchoring experience in high school as part of an experimental program broadcast on closed-circuit television throughout the campus. She then pursued the art of storytelling in college. A University of South Florida graduate, she has received six Associated Press awards and an Emmy nomination for Best Anchor.

In addition to being a news anchor, breast cancer awareness spokesperson, and author, she trains for marathons and is a mother, homeroom mom, and Sunday School teacher. She and her husband, Doug Bell, and their three children live in Birmingham, Alabama.

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