2021 Gala Emcee: Renel Brooks-Moon
Renel is a Bay Area native, entering her 22nd season as P.A. Announcer for the San Francisco Giants. She is a graduate of Woodside High School, and received a B.A. in English Literature from Mills College. She spent 35 years as a local radio and television broadcaster, including stints at 106 KMEL, 98.1 KISS-FM and CBS-5, among others.
Renel has been recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame as the first woman to Public Address Announce a world championship game in any professional sport, following Game 3 of the 2002 World Series. Renel has received numerous awards, including honors from American Women in Radio and Television, Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, 100 Black Women, Bay Area Black Journalists Association and Girls, Inc. Renel was a founding member of Friends of Faith, a non-profit that served low-income Bay Area breast cancer patients. March 18, 2005 was proclaimed Renel Brooks-Moon Day in San Francisco by Mayor Gavin Newsom, honoring her broadcasting career and community activism. Renel was profiled in O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, as “The Woman Who’s Changing Baseball.”
In 2008, Renel received an honorary doctorate from her Alma Mater, Mills College, and in 2018 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco and delivered the commencement address. Also in 2008, Renel was the featured bobblehead for the Giants African-American Heritage Night, and in 2020, she served as Ambassador for the annual Giant Race, and was again the featured bobblehead. In 2017, Renel was honored to MC the historic inauguration of San Francisco’s first African-American Female Mayor, London Breed. Renel is a 2019 NorCal Emmy Award winner as host of the television series “Forever Giants” and was featured on a limited edition 2020 TOPPS baseball card.