Tonya Pendleton


Reality Check

Reality Check airs every Monday through Thursday (when City Council is not in session) from 10am-1pm . Each day features important thought leadership, analysis and data on the politics, policies and people impacting our communities here and abroad. The host presents the issues rippling through the nation’s capitals, state houses, city halls and neighborhoods. If you need a #RealityCheck, tune in!

Writer/editor/multimedia professional and WURD Radio’s “Reality Check” host Tonya Pendleton has snowboarded with rapper/actor Ja Rule, sang background for Will Smith and shared helicopter rides with Sean “Diddy” Combs – all the while exploring the joy and tumult of Black culture, its architects and aficionados with uncommon fervor and insight.

An in-demand web and print journalist, web content creator and editor for over two decades, Pendleton’s intuitive mix of reportage, analysis and commentary have led to appearances on classic TV shows like VH-1’s “Ultimate Albums” and “Behind the Music.” She’s also contributed cultural and sports stories to Slam, ESPN and Brand Jordan magazines, and appeared on ESPN Classic’s “Sportscentury.” She was the founding music editor of, as well as its managing editor, and the lead interviewer for America Online’s pioneering series
“Sessions @AOL.” As contributing editor for, she helped to create the site’s discerning content mix on issues of note for an African-American audience, making it among the top sites for that demographic with over four million monthly unique visitors. She is also the voice and producer of “Things to Do” on NPR affiliate WHYY, keeping Philadelphians abreast of weekend arts, music and cultural events.



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