Tonya is an Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow-Award winning storyteller for ESPN. She has additional bylines in The New York Times, Narratively, Charlotte Magazine, and others. Her focus is mostly in reported essays - telling the human story behind headlines in the news - but she loves storytelling in all forms. Her print bylines include the story of a soccer ball recovered from the Challenger disaster which was named one of 2018's best longform stories of the year. Her television work includes co-producing the 2017 Emmy-winning investigation into the Syrian national soccer team and the 2016 report on the safety of artificial turf, which sparked a federal investigation into the issue.
Tonya joined ESPN in 2010 after graduating from Central Connecticut State University, where she was news editor for The Recorder. She is loath to write about herself in the third person.
Tonya lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, Aaron, where she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, exploring North Carolina, and making her way through an ever-growing reading list.