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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, August 07, 2008
It's a Monday night at the 331 Club in northeast Minneapolis, and about eight musicians toggle in and out of a horseshoe of chairs. They take turns strumming the bluegrass sounds of the Roe Family Singers. One of the few players who never subs out is Adam Wirtzfeld.

He's at one end of the arc, closest to the crowd, finessing a bow across his bent and vibrating musical saw. With the saw handle pinched between his legs and his left thumb pressing hard on the tip, Wirtzfeld draws the bow across to produce a sound that wobbles, whirs like an engine, soars like an operatic aria.

Read the full feature on Twin Cities musical saw players and watch a video of their playing at Don't be surprised -- that's not my voice in the video -- it's the purr of 10-foot-tall Howard Sinker, who writes A Fan's View and did a heck of a job with my little script.

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