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About
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.

Career
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.

Honors
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
Monday, December 21, 2009
The Other Side of Pearl
Toyoko Inoue was not yet 10 when she saw her first American: a World War II pilot wearing goggles as he sliced his airplane past the window of her home in Sasebo, Japan.

During those dark days, living out evenings in blackout conditions to hide from American bombers, the image of the pilot shocked the young girl peeking out of the top floor window of her home.

“His face was red, he had big eyes and a bald head ... he looked too pink,” recalledToyoko Inoue Belcher, of Waynesboro. “That stuck in my head.”

About 10 years later, despite years of her parents telling her to fear and avoid the American military men who occupied her city during World War II and the Korean War, Toyoko married an American Navy man from Alabama.

Not just any sailor, the late Jim Belcher served on the USS Indianapolis, which had delivered atomic bomb materials that devastated his wife’s country.

Despite those marks against Jim Belcher — and his memories of surviving the famed sinking of his ship by a Japanese submarine in shark-infested waters in the Philippine Sea — their 46-years of marriage taught tolerance to their children and extended families.

Read the full story at NewsVirginian.com.

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