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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
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Astir in the barrios
By Rosanne Weber

By Tony Gonzalez & Chase Purdy
The News Virginian

Relax and tighten. Relájese y apriete.

Juan Francisco Alvarenga, 34, of Waynesboro, nervously clenched his fist as he told his troubles to Rosie Cruz-Bermudez at the Waynesboro Health Department.

Jobless, without a driver’s license and behind on his mortgage payments, Alvarenga turned to his friends for help. In turn, they sent him to Cruz-Bermudez.

She is one of a handful of area interpreters who assist Spanish-speaking people when job losses hit hard — or a brutal winter drives up heating bills.

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