Tonya Rivens

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Tonya decided to pursue her passion in media in 2011 following a lengthy career working in Airline Management.  Tonya joined WCCB News Rising in June of 2017 after working for more than six years as the afternoon Traffic Reporter for WBTV.  She has also worn the titles of Program Director, Music Director and Community Affairs Director with more than 20 years experience in radio at WPEG (Power 98 FM), WBAV (V101.9) and WPZS (100.9).  Tonya currently hosts Sounds of Inspiration With Tonya Rivens on Streetz 103.3/ 100.5 FM on Sundays and is the weekday Traffic Reporter. She also created ‘Gospel Insight with Tonya Rivens’ which focuses on entertainment in the gospel community.

Tonya has a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband, son and stepdaughter. They own a small business, the Rivens Business Center in Cornelius, NC that operates as TRivens, LLC, which houses a hair salon, barbershop, nail salon and non-profit resource center under a 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 scholarships 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 currently known as ‘Queen City Gospelfest‘.

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