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About Tonya Rivens

Tonya Rivens is an award winning Journalist with close to 30 years in Radio, ten years in television and is a feature writer for a monthly publication. Tonya received the 2021 Chan Zuckerberg Grant from the National Association of Black Journalists and is a 2021-2022 North Carolina Equity Fellow. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

'After a lengthy career in Airline Management Tonya developed a passion for all things radio. As a radio veteran, Rivens has worn the titles of Program Director, Music Director and Community Affairs Director. Her current show, Sounds of Inspiration With Tonya Rivens, is featured on Praise 100.9 FM and she works as a television freelance reporter. Her radio career also includes stints at WPEG (Power 98 FM), WBAV (V101.9) and WPZS (100.9) and Streetz Charlotte.

Tonya is a member of Hunters Chapel UMC, where she is a Lay Leader.

The 2019 census data shows fewer than 1 in 5 psychologists are people of color.  Data also shows that fewer than 1 in 30 is Black. Yet, access to mental health services and the demand for culturally sensitive mental health professionals has exploded.  Experts say the recent appointment of a Black Ordained Minister to lead […]

For decades, Charlotte has spent millions of dollars to create and maintain affordable homes however the results reflect an increase in the shortage.  An April report published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows that between 2019 and 2020, affordable homes available to extremely low income households in Charlotte increased by more than 7%-from […]

The Biden administration’s bipartisan infrastructure law, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), provides a $30 monthly discount on internet bills for eligible households. On May 9th, President Biden announced that since some internet providers have plans that cost no more than $30, eligible families who qualify for the ACP benefit can receive high speed internet at […]

Smithville isn’t the only African American community in North Mecklenburg challenged with preserving history while confronting redevelopment. The Lakeside community in Davidson and the Pottstown community in Huntersville are also experiencing the same challenges because of area growth. According to Dora Dubose, the African American Coalition (AAC) of Davidson has been the voice of the […]

In an effort to close the national wealth gap, seven black owned banks and Major League Soccer (MLS) announced a partnership last month.  For the first time in history, MLS will provide a $25 million grant to the National Black Bank Foundation (NBBF).  The partnership is described as a commercial financial transaction exclusively for Black […]

More than 980,000 people have died in the US as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Globally, the number of deaths is estimated to be close to 6 million.  And some researchers say the impact of these deaths are a threat to the living.  According to a study published by the Environmental Science and Pollution […]

The FBI says that virtual kidnapping scams have been around for at least 20 years.  However,  scammers have evolved to the extent that law enforcement says “US residents are now more vulnerable than ever.” FBI officials, of the Los Angeles Division, said that between 2013 and 2015, the majority of virtual kidnapping calls originated from […]

World Tuberculosis Day is recognized yearly on March 24th and the goal is to educate the public about the impact of the disease.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tuberculosis (TB) cases rose over 9% in 2021, after dropping in 2020.  And although there was an increase in reported cases last […]

The Committee on Oversight and Reform in the US House of Representatives says that at least 36 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs)have received bomb threats since January 2020.  During Black History Month in February, more than a dozen of the schools were targeted. (There are 101 HBCUs in the US) To date, no bombs […]

The family announced that a celebration of life will be held for Evangelist Tarrain LaShun Pace on Saturday, April 2nd 2022, at 11:00 AM at the Word of Faith Worship Cathedral (212 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168). The service is open to the public.  The family has also requested that everyone wear pink.  Pace died […]

The demand for nurses has been discussed for the past 20 years, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (AACN)  The Bureau of Labor Statistics expect 175,000 vacancies for registered nurses every year through 2029.  Here are some reasons given for the shortage: retirement or those choosing to leave people are living longer […]

After a false start in September 2021, companies are finally transitioning their employees back to the office.  The office will more than likely look and operate differently because of the pandemic.  As a result of COVID-19’s impact, some workers may be nervous about their return.  The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, says employees have […]