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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
Friday, April 04, 2008
A vet on the mend
By Tony Gonzalez

He may be busy with physical therapy in a Chicago-area veterans' hospital, but Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Blaxton is still officially the manager of Valvoline Oil Change on N. Wisner Street in Jackson.

He said last week he'll be back to work as soon as possible.

Until then, family, friends and co-workers are on a steadily rotating guest list for Blaxton's room at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, Ill., where the father of four is undergoing rehab after a roadside bomb severely injured his spinal cord Oct. 24, 2007, days before the scheduled end of his second tour of duty in Iraq. Blaxton is a reservist with the 303rd Military Police Co. based in Jackson.

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