Family: Daughter, Heather, 36; granddaughter, Gabrielle Brook, 2
Education: Attended beautician school, and then the former Clark School, which became Duff Business School; attended Robert Morris University when it was a junior college and took classes at the University of Pittsburgh, where she ran workshops for Upward Bound children and freshmen.
Occupation: A nationally syndicated radio and television talk show host
Noteworthy: The Bev Smith Show’s broadcast on AIDS awareness and funding was honored with a Robert L. Vann Award, which recognizes journalists in Western Pennsylvania for illustrating diversity and fullness of life for blacks in Western Pennsylvania. The award is named for Robert L. Vann, who co-founded The Pittsburgh Courier. Vann also served as assistant city solicitor in Pittsburgh from 1917-33, and then as special assistant attorney general under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Quote: “When your hometown thinks you are doing OK, it’s like your mother saying, ‘Baby, I love you. You make me so proud.’ I have won a lot of awards, but when you get one from your hometown, it means something really special.”