Tonyaa spent nearly two decades as an opinion columnist for The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla., where she won 14 awards for her column writing and journalism, and where she became its first African-American editorial board member in 2008.
As metro columnist for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tonyaa is the marquee local columnist in Memphis and the Mid South. She writes two to three columns a week on the struggles and triumphs of people in the region.Tonyaa is also a frequent guest commentator on Memphis' weekend news shows.
For a decade, Tonyaa produced, managed and edited journalism projects for the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies, an institute now based at Morgan State University which focuses on the history and experiences of people of African descent in the Americas.
From 2003 to 2013, Tonyaa wrote a weekly column for Black America Web, one of the leading websites for African-American news and commentary. The website is part of Reach Media Inc.,which reaches more than 22 million listeners and readers through its radio and web platforms. Her columns were regularly lauded on the Tom Joyner Morning Show by its renowned radio host and company founder, Tom Joyner.