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About
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.

Career
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.

Honors
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, April 21, 2009
Teen pleads, avoids jury trial on birthday
STAUNTON — A hesitant judge convicted a Waynesboro teen of aggravated DUI manslaughter Monday, but called a plea agreement’s suggested maximum sentence of two years in prison “rather lenient.”

By entering an Alford plea, Jason M. Steidel, 19, acknowledged that evidence against him was strong enough to convict while not admitting his guilt in a Dec. 12, 2007, crash that killed passenger and friend Timothy Moran, 19, Crimora.

State police estimate Steidel’s 2002 Ford Mustang GT was traveling between 113 and 128 mph on Route 612 near Crimora when it went off the right side of the road on a slight curve.

The car plowed through two fences, scraped several cedar trees, went airborne “like a pole vault,” hit another tree 8 feet above the ground and came to rest 625 feet from the road.

Read the full story at NewsVirginian.com.

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