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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
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Senior soprano prepares for the vocal life
By Tony Gonzalez
Editor in Chief

Like most vocalists, Hillsdale College senior Maria Sciarini won't really know her voice type until about age 30.

For now, and in her senior recital Sunday at 4 p.m. in McNamara Recital Hall, her "big voice" is a soprano one.

"Technically, I don't know what I am yet. Singers don't really get into their prime until their 30s," Sciarini said, then through laughs: "I'm going to be the only chick celebrating when I turn 30."

The joke is characteristic of Sciarini, who punctuates her weekly Puccini and Hayden vocal lessons with jabs at opera, its lyrics and its characters, even comparing one to Ariel in "The Little Mermaid." But the sentiment fits too: her pursuit of a vocal career doesn't come with many guarantees.

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