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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, June 20, 2009
Pilot bruised but home
With bumps and bruises, a Tennessee helicopter pilot has returned home, two weeks after plummeting to the ground in a Greenville cornfield while flying a helicopter equipped to trim trees near electrical lines.

His return to a Memphis suburb came as the National Transportation Safety Board published a preliminary crash report with new details about the engine failure that made for his hard landing just after 11 a.m. June 2.

“I’ll be back in the air in a few more months,” pilot Brian K. Lacks, 41, said by phone Friday, a day after getting home. “I want to thank all the local people ... for their thoughts and their prayers ... the EMS workers for their quick and timely response."

Lacks, working for Aerial Solutions Inc., was flying a helicopter carrying a unique 10-blade dangling saw to trim trees for Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.

After about 55 minutes, Lacks was preparing to land to refuel in an open cornfield near two homes on Cold Springs Road when he “heard a loud sound from the engine ...

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