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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 10, 2009
Dog saved from 'suspicious' fire
Waynesboro firefighters doused a “suspicious” house fire as quickly as it grew Thursday afternoon and stopped flames from reaching much of Greg Blosser’s home at 1427 Fifth St.

Despite the quick response, a criminal investigation into the blaze is just beginning.

Investigators initially considered the fire accidental but discovered unidentified evidence late Thursday afternoon, said Capt. Kenny Hyden. Waynesboro detectives have picked up the case, he said.

Neighbors dialed 911 at 2:19 p.m. to report a porch fire which quickly cast flames high into the air, said neighbors Cody Dawson, 11, and Owen Hall, 10, who said their game of basketball was broken up by the smell of fire.

Neighbors said initial flames seemed to be coming from the front porch and nearby mulch.

Rescuers arrived within four minutes and knocked down the “main body” of the fire within four more, Hyden said.

Only “Mackie,” a pug dog, was inside when the fire began, and he emerged safe and ash-marked in the arms of firefighter Ryan Deola.

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