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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, September 09, 2009
Woman killed, man in custody
GROTTOES — As Virginia Lynn Ware lay in her gravel driveway, her boyfriend stood over her, lowered a gun and fired, neighbors said Tuesday.

They heard the couple’s shouting match in Blackrock Trailer Court but didn’t look until the shots.

Then, as mothers pulled children into backrooms and others dialed 911, John Franklin Myers, his screaming teenage daughter and her friends ran off in different directions, witnesses said.

Moments later, a neighbor came to Ware’s side.

“He put his hand on her to see if she had a pulse and said she was dead. Dead,” said neighbor David Morris, 57.

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