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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 27, 2009
Generational Divide

In its 110-year history, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts never attracted a higher percentage of military veterans than from the ranks returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yet local and nationwide VFW membership continues to decline as the overall eligible population shrinks and the youngest veterans choose work and family before membership, leaders say.

Those who do join frequently find themselves disconnected from older veterans, if not outright discouraged, leaving longtime members to hold the fort and hope interest will grow over time for the new generation, as it did for them.

Navy veteran Gilbert Grylls, 66, said a few dozen of his 400-plus post members are veterans of recent conflicts.

“They’re sitting around with a bunch of old men, who technically have nothing in common: What do they talk about?” said Grylls, Augusta-Staunton Post 2216 commander. “They don’t come to the post because we have nothing to offer them. I’m working on that.”

Steadily declining membership at posts here and across the country — the ranks at VFW posts nationwide thinned by about 6 percent from 2007 to 2008 to 1.6 million — have some commanders worried about the future of the organization. Nationwide membership peaked in 1991 at 2.2 million.

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