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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
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Epic return
Avant garde sculptor comes home for April Fools' Day

When Mark Cline and his elephant caravan rolled into Waynesboro on Tuesday, the master of public spectacles upheld more than his April Fools’ Day tradition: he staked a claim — finally — atop the city’s mightiest hill.

Almost 22 years ago, Cline gained statewide attention when he proposed construction of a 60-foot-tall bust of the city’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, on the capped landfill. This morning, across the same ridge, a pack of life-sized (but fiberglass) elephants traipse along with a likeness of Cline riding along.

“I’m coming back in a weird way, kind of conquering the hill,” Cline said.

Titled, “Hannibal Crosses the Blue Ridge,” the 30-day display of Cline’s craft is just the latest in more than 25 years of making amusement-park monsters, midtown murals and double-take-inducing sculptures. Last year, he put Batman and Spiderman atop a courthouse in Lexington.

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