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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
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Suspects drew attention with antics
STAUNTON — Two Staunton men charged with killing a former roommate caught the attention of police in distinct ways before and after the crime.

Police charged one with beating a chihuahua puppy five days before a turkey hunter found Michael Ryan Tolsdorf, 20, dead near the West Virginia state line. The other suspect called 911 two weeks after the body was identified to report that he’d been hit in the head with a shovel by another man.

That led police to a car they subsequently searched over suspicions of links to a string of area break-ins. Two weeks later, Justin M. Bindel, 21, tossed a can out of the window of a white 2000 Chevrolet Lumina in Jacksonville, Fla.

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