About

Tonya Strickland, an award winning journalist on California's Central Coast

Tonya Strickland lives in Paso Robles, Calif. with her husband and their two small children.

For more than a decade, I’ve been writing stories that connect people, inform the community and bring awareness to a cause. My ability to interview, research and piece together a written narrative has proven to engage readers throughout my career.

As a former city government reporter for The Tribune newspaper, a mid-sized daily covering California’s Central Coast, I’ve covered local politics, community features, the military, mental health, business and crime. In 2014, I was honored in the best writing category by the California Newspaper Publishers Association for a feature story about a Paso Robles woman’s reunion with the daughter she gave up for adoption during World War II. Through articles like these, I’ve discovered a passion for stories that delve into history. This website includes a portfolio of my favorites. In 2016, I stepped back from the newspaper life to stay at home with our children. About a year later, I launched the mommy blog Two In Tow & On The Go to share pictures, tips and stories about my  adventures with the kids. This move to reinvent myself as a blogger has brought new tools to my skill set, such as:
  • Instagram + Facebook micro-blogging
  • Building websites in WordPress
  • Social media marketing
  • First-person writing
  • Collaborating with other bloggers
  • Designing visuals in Adobe Spark
  • Tracking website growth and target market insights
  • Managing Facebook for Business & Facebook Ads

Interested in a freelancing project or collaboration? Please email me at twotowgo@gmail.com. Other writing samples are available upon request. I hold a bachelor’s of science in Journalism from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. For more information about about my professional writing and experience, head over to my LinkedIn page.