"Tonya has a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill..."
Louis A. Trosch, Jr.
Superior Court Judge at NC Administrative Office of the Courts
I have known Ms. Rivens for many years, both through her work with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and as a reporter and On-Air Personality with both WCCB and WBTV. Not only is she incredibly thorough, professional and efficient, but she is a joy to work with. She has a unique ability to relate with people from all walks of life and to help them be their best selves. For example, I once appeared on a news program to discuss some potentially controversial topics related to our court system and was extremely nervous. Looking around at the other panel members to be featured on the air, I quickly realized that I wasn't alone. Tonya, who was the on-air reporter for the segment, immediately put all of us at ease, explained exactly what to expect, and helped us prepare quickly and efficiently. After just a few minutes with her, we became a well oiled machine. In her capable hands, we presented our topic in an informative and entertaining manner.
Every time I have had the pleasure of working alongside Ms. Rivens, my experience has been similar. These experiences have included projects with the MCSO and a court initiative called Race Matters for Juvenile Justice that Ms. Rivens joined as an important partner. She is tireless and passionate about her work. Whenever I know that Tonya will be involved in a project, I am confident that it will be done well. I am honored to highly recommend her.
Tonya Rivens is an award winning media personality with more than 25 years in Radio and nine years in television. 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. They own a small business, the Rivens Business Center, which operates as TRivens, LLC, and houses her non-profit 501c3, The Ausie Rivens Community Center/Scholarship Foundation. ARSF was founded in 2004 in honor of Tonya’s grandfather, the first black barber in Cornelius, and has provided five scholarships to date for area youths to pursue a career in Barber Styling. The non-profit also sponsors youth camps, trips and a successful, annual outdoor gospel celebration known as ‘Praise in the Park’ and known as the 'Queen City Gospelfest'.
After a lengthy career in Airline Management Tonya developed a passion for all things radio. During her 17-years in the industry, 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 Streetz 103.3, Sundays, and the weekday Traffic Reporter. Her radio career also includes stints at WPEG (Power 98 FM), WBAV (V101.9) and WPZS (100.9).
Early in the year of 2011, Rivens decided to branch out in the pursuit of radio syndication with the creation of ‘Gospel Insight with Tonya Rivens.’ Less than a year later the show was featured on WBTV News on BOUNCE TV, weekdays at 8pm. Tonya worked as a Television personality, Traffic Reporter, on WBTV, from 2011 until 2017. Tonya can now be seen on WCCB, Charlotte's CW, News Rising. Rivens is a former member of the Board of Directors for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, the Stratford Richardson YMCA and is a graduate from the FBI Citizens Academy. She has won community service awards from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney, Business Today for 2017 Top Female Business Owner, Urban League of the Central Carolinas and the Charlotte Mecklenburg NAACP.