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Tonya is an Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow-Award winning writer and storyteller who spent ten years writing for television and print with ESPN. She has additional bylines in The New York Times, The Assembly, Narratively, Charlotte Magazine, and others. She is now revising her first young adult novel.


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. She is loath to write about herself in the third person.

Tonya lives in Hillsborough, NC with her husband, Aaron, where she enjoys exploring ways to create a better South, experimenting in the kitchen, and making her way through an ever-growing reading list. 

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