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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, May 06, 2009
DMV agent resigns after foul-mouthed tape surfaces
RUCKERSVILLE — A state transportation agent quit his job Monday amid a state investigation into a recording in which officials say he is heard unleashing a profanity-laced tirade against a truck driver.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles began investigating after the truck driver provided the agency with an audio recording in which he says Brent Uzdanovics, 36, a former Waynesboro policeman, uttered a string of obscenities and threatened to arrest him. Uzdanovics worked as a senior special agent for the DMV out of the agency’s Waynesboro customer service center.

The DMV suspended Uzdanovics without pay pending the agency’s internal investigation into the incident.

“We were given an audio tape of agent Uzdanovics ... and he didn’t act very professionally,” said DMV spokeswoman Melanie Stokes.

It’s the second time in as many years that Uzdanovics has run into trouble over an audio recording. Uzdanovics, who resigned in good standing from the city police force in 2006, was named last year in a $25 million lawsuit over claims he took part in the illegal recording of a rape suspect’s conversation.

This time, Uzdanovics was the one on tape, according to a complaint filed by Dwayne Sims, of Ruckersville.

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