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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, August 06, 2009
Attorney: Suspect is remorseless
STAUNTON — A Stuarts Draft man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend kept his eyes down and averted his gaze from witnesses during almost all of five hours of testimony Thursday.

A jury of six men and six women will return to Staunton Circuit Court today to hear the final day of testimony in the murder trial of John Michael Mason, 28.

Staunton police say Mason shot Amanda Kaye Bush, 20, just before 3 p.m. Nov. 30 after an argument outside the home where she worked as a live-in nanny. Five hours later, he wrecked his rented 2008 Dodge Charger in a remote area off the last exit of Interstate 77 near the North Carolina border.

With a pistol hidden in his pants, Mason tussled with a Virginia State Police trooper, racking up additional charges, before authorities arrested him, according to police.

Twice convicted as a sex offender, Mason faces 20 years to life in prison.

During an opening statement, Staunton Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Robertson told the story of Bush’s last day and described audiotapes of Mason’s jail calls that are to be played today.

“What you’ll never find is any remorse ... It’s all about him,” Robertson told jurors, alluding to a plan police say Mason hatched to get his charge reduced from first- to second-degree murder.

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