Tonya’s mission driven journalism is focused on bringing context and understanding to the world about the world around us.
Tonya has deep experience in every medium; television, print, radio, documentary filmmaking as well as a forthcoming book. Prior to NPR, Tonya was the Silicon Valley bureau chief for KQED, where . she served as the senior editor, leading a team of journalists covering the impacts of technology companies on and society.
Tonya has also served as a television reporter & anchor for several media outlets, including KING 5 in Seattle, Washington and Al Jazeera America. In 2015, Tonya was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University where she co-created a workshop for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias, and co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental study on the effects of protest coverage.
Tonya has won several national awards for her work, most recently an Emmy Award in 2016 for her televised piece “Beyond Ferguson,” and several awards for her public radio series “Black in Seattle.”