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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
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Shooter, victim still friends
A Waynesboro teen Thursday served his first day of a 50-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to shooting his best friend in the chest.

Brian H. Henkel, 19, signed a plea agreement convicting him of firing in an occupied dwelling, thereby concluding a case that police initially said was an accidental, self-inflicted shooting before charges escalated against Henkel.

The victim, Joshua Via, 21, who now lives with Henkel’s family, said he remains “best of friends” with the man who shot him.

“There’s nothing that will change that ever,” he said. “I know that it was an accident and I don’t hold anything against him.”

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