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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
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Baseball bat attackers go for beer
Eduardo “Piku” Herrera just needed a friend Friday night.

The 36-year-old Waynesboro man lost his 12-pack of beer to three thieves, caught a baseball bat beatdown trying to get it back, dodged more bat swipes while witnesses watched in the street, then had to walk home two hours from the hospital after getting staples behind his left ear.

“For a 12-pack of beer?” Herrera said Monday, laughing and showing off his scabbed left ear and bruises along his back. “I would have shared ... that was my last six dollars too.”

David Sanchez, 20, Isaias Rojas, 22, and Jose Sanchez-Aregin, 20, all of Waynesboro, face felony malicious wounding and armed robbery charges in connection to the attack.

Through laughs and incredulous profanity, Herrera recounted the night: Walking back from the Wilco station after 9 p.m., Rojas swiped Herrera’s 12-pack of Natural Light on the street near the apartment building at 260 North Commerce Ave. Herrera was calmed when he was told to go to the second floor to get the beer back.

“I went upstairs and surprise!” Herrera said. “When I bent down, this other motherf——- came with a baseball bat.”

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by Tony @ 12:07 AM, : comments: 2
Comments: 2

4:39 PM  
Blogger JHitts: For some reason, the fact that you used "baseball bat" as a tag makes me chuckle.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Daniel Silliman: That's a great lead, Tony. I'll bet you a six-pack, though, that the attack didn't have a damn thing to do with the beer, and everything to do with that earlier fight.

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