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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
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Alarm
System lacking at Springdale
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian
Published in conjunction with Sunshine Week 2010


When alarms bring Waynesboro firefighters rushing to the six-story Springdale Apartments building they cannot know if they’ll encounter a fire or a medical emergency, or which room triggered the response.

Whether flames or burnt toast set off a smoke alarm or an injured tenant pulls an alert cord, the building’s alarm system sends just one generic call for help, said emergency officials now seeking to modify the system that demands responses almost twice a week.

At the request of Waynesboro officials, the Redevelopment and Housing Authority is looking at cost estimates to update the system inside the senior-housing apartment building so that the correct agency — first aid or fire — will know when to respond, and to decrease the time required to pinpoint the origins of alarms.

“The alarm panel is going to have to be completely redone,” said housing authority Executive Director Edward Delapp, who added that he wants the update completed this year.

Read the full story at NewsVirginian.com.



False alarms costly
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

Waynesboro police burn about 300 hours a year responding to hundreds of false alarms caused by misused and malfunctioning security systems, most repeatedly at city school buildings, according to a review of response records.

An ordinance proposed by police Chief Doug Davis would encourage alarm users to control their systems or face fines if they cause three or more false alarms in a year.

More than 70 businesses and four homes passed that threshold last year, records show. Five of Waynesboro’s school buildings caused 70 responses, including a city high 29 at Waynesboro High. Police responded to 798 false alarms in 2008 and 633 in 2009.

Read the full story at NewsVirginian.com.

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