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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, November 20, 2008
City to nip deer problem
They ate everything but her cabbage.

So Evelyn “Beanie” Thomas, 88, of Staunton, took her deer problem “to the top floor” of City Hall.

“They just riddled my garden. They took everything I had,” Thomas said of the herd of about a dozen deer that has repeatedly ransacked the beets, beans, spinach and tomatoes of her Beverley Court growing patch.

“The only thing they didn’t eat was my cabbage, I don’t know why," she said.


James Bowles, 78, has another idea.

“Trap ’em and send them to West Virginia,” said the 49-year Staunton resident. “I’ve never seen one in my yard until this year.”

Bowles said he couldn’t remember a similar problem — or the city willing to take action — since police cordoned off a city park to tackle a squirrel problem, with force, in the early ’60s.

“To make a long story short,” Bowles said of deer, “they ate up everything,” including a 6-foot weeping willow he recently planted.

“Seems like they like mums,” Bowles added.

Read about Staunton's deer problem at

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