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Online portfolio and blog by Tony Gonzalez, family issues reporter for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville. I married my high school sweetheart, Katie, a designer and bookbinder. I like juggling, maps, baseball, and bullmastiffs.

Two years at The Tennessean, July 2011 to present. Three years reporting and editing at The News Virginian, 2008 to 2011. Editor of college and high school newspapers. Internships at The Star Tribune, The Detroit News, and The Toledo Free Press. Chips Quinn Scholar 2007.

Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors 2012 statewide Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting, as well as the Freedom of Information award, for Department of Children's Services project.

Gannett company-wide award 2012 for Watchdog Journalism

Associated Press Managing Editors 2010 International Perspective First Place for "The Borders Within," as well as Public Service Honorable Mention for investigation into troubled children's psychiatric hospital

2009 and 2010 winner, with staff, of the Virginia Press Association's highest award: the Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service.

Virginia Press Association 2008, 2009, and 2010 awards for crime, investigative, breaking news, and feature writing

2011 Robert Novak Fellow

Michigan Collegiate Press Association "Journalist of the Year" 2008

Chips Quinn Scholar, Class of 2007

Civil Rights Project DCS project
Borders Within Multimedia
Monday, January 01, 2007
Investigation: Child protection failures
Award-winning 8-month effort exposed failures in child protection, uncounted deaths, foster care system shortcomings, and records manipulated by government officials. Stories analyzed government data, and an open records lawsuit gained unprecedented access. Click here for 6 selected stories (PDF)

DCS slow to analyze deaths | Link (Jan. 13, 2013)
DCS struggles to answer abuse calls | PDF (Oct. 15, 2012)
Fostered teens face new hurdles | PDF (Nov. 4, 2012)
DCS tries to recruit foster families | PDF (Nov. 18, 2012)

Tony Gonzalez DCS reporting

Profile: The Accidental Advocate
As part of The Tennessean's "Because of You" series, this profile of 1960s civil rights pioneer Jim Zwerg covered new ground through the use of historic records, photos, and handwritten journal entries, and an extensive three-day interview at Zwerg's remote New Mexico cabin (May 26, 2013). | PDF

Jim Zwerg historic photo

Project: The Borders Within
Award-winning project explored Waynesboro’s Hispanic community, with interviews in Spanish, culminating in a 6-page section.

The Borders Within
Little League players' parents also gave their all
On the road with the families of the Goodlettsville All-Stars, a group of small-town 12-year-olds on the path to a national championship. Full coverage PDF (Aug. 26-27, 2012)

Goodlettsville LLWS champs

:: Team riled over altered report; Folo
:: Two troubled lives (PDF)
:: 'That street life'
:: Agent unleashed tirade
:: 200 pages detail cruelty
:: Abuse cited at Liberty Point
:: Alert system lacking at senior apt.
:: Eagleville can no longer ignore sewage | PDF (Jan. 22, 2012)
:: Homeland Security burden shifts to locals | PDF (April 8, 2012)
:: TN Labor Dept. Investigation | PDF

:: Across the Miles I, II, III
:: Gig saw: tool takes center stage
:: Sentence tests 'soul mates'
:: Marvin H. Cochran
:: The Can Man
:: Lost freight business booms
:: Mistreated Tennessee Walking Horses get a second chance
:: The Cost of War
:: Pot farm to become parkland | PDF (June 1, 2012)
:: Neglected in first years of life, girl opens heart | PDF (Nov. 6, 2011)
:: The Karen refugees | PDF
:: Homeless 'mayor' reacts to premature obit | PDF (May 27,2012)
:: From radar to witchin' rods | PDF (Dec. 11, 2011)
:: Dam demolition divides community Part 1 and Part 2
::  No gold at rainbow's end
:: Property values are booming

Breaking News
:: Gunfire kills woman
:: Lost and Found; No wrong turns
:: Arrest looms in '67 murder case
:: 'We're alive'
:: Teen killing (PDF)
:: Stunned community after gay teen's suicide | PDF (Dec. 26, 2011)
:: Emergency landing raises pilot's colorful past | PDF (April 2012)
:: 'Don't Say Gay' bill troubles school counselors | PDF (Feb. 21, 2012)
:: Anatomy of a chase; Policy violated
:: Rescuer speaks and Silver Linings
:: Grim news shakes workers
:: Crowd urges board to work with staff (PDF)

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