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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
Monday, March 16, 2009
Horse put down, man charged

Parasites, lice and sores led to the death of an emaciated young horse this week and an animal cruelty charge against an Afton man.

Alerted by an equine veterinarian, Waynesboro authorities pressed one charge against Tory Allen Garrett, 53, but business associates and neighbors said Friday he has systematically malnourished dozens of horses.

Most recently, an 18-month old red filly named “Scarlett” was euthanized after being purchased last month by Jamie Hemp, 28, of Symphony Acres in Staunton.

“She was very very emaciated,” Hemp said. “Probably the worst horse I’ve ever seen … I just wanted to try to save her … he wasn’t going to do it.”

Garrett denied wrongdoing.

“I’ve never had any problems, never had any charges before,” he said. “This was one little animal.”

Neighbors who spoke with The News Virginian and its media partner, NBC29, described emaciated horses on Garrett’s pasture and horses frequently breaking through fences.

Garrett said he works to rehabilitate unhealthy horses.

“I bought skinny horses to try to rehabilitate them,” Garrett said. “I get a lot of ridiculous calls … from people who see a skinny horse … all of them unfounded.”

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12:30 AM  
Blogger JHitts: Hey woah, snazzy layout. Go Green.

(Also, maybe now would be a good time to change my blog link...I think I'm going to disable toe one you have it linked to.)

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