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Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley ('16)

Senior education reporter, WBUR, Boston
mosleyt@stanford.edu, @tonyamosley

Tonya Mosley spent her fellowship year using Stanford insights and expertise to create an interactive workshop for journalists on the implications of unconscious bias and how it is reflected in their work.

Through experts in the field at Stanford, she learned about the role cognitive biases play in our daily interactions. Some of Tonya’s training includes an immersive course through the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, insights from Dr. Alana Conner, executive director of SPARQ (Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions) and Dr. Magali Fassiotto with Stanford Medicine — all gave Mosley  a better understanding of how implicit bias plays out in our processing of social interactions and information. In addition, she conducted a survey of journalists from around the country to gain insights on some of the challenges they face in producing unbiased work. Mosely and fellow Jenée Desmond-Harris have teamed up to create an implicit bias seminar called “Who Me, Biased? How to Deepen Reporting on Race, Identity and Inequality.” Post-fellowship, they are presenting the curriculum at conferences, journalism schools, and newsrooms around the world.

Journalism Challenge

Who Me, Biased?

How understanding the implications of unconscious bias can deepen reporting on race, identity and inequality

To cultivate stronger reporting on our diverse world, we need to understand how this human trait affects our work.

Posts by Tonya

The winning team

How I won a hackathon and helped fight online hate

At one point during the process, I looked up at the other teams we were competing against, all of them as passionate and focused as we were — and I realized the importance of this mission.

About Tonya

Tonya Mosley is a multiplatform journalist. She is a regular television contributor to Al Jazeera America and several radio and print magazine outlets. Tonya has won several national awards for her four-part NPR radio series “Black in Seattle,” including a 2014 RTDNA Unity Award and the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award. Her print reporting on the Seattle Police Department’s handling of a murder investigation won her “Journalist of The Year” by the Washington Association for Justice. In 2014, she was named one of the “51 Most Influential People” by Seattle Magazine. Previously, Tonya was a staff reporter for KING 5 Television in Seattle — where her long-form story showcasing the ease of obtaining medical marijuana prescriptions was instrumental in legislators toughening medical marijuana laws.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.