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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, March 21, 2010
Hey VPA!

The Virginia Press Association today announced winners of its 2009 news contest.

The News Virginian -- our state's smallest seven-day-a-week newspaper -- became the smallest newsroom to ever win the association's Award for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service.

Background: The public service award was created in 1947 to recognize editorial leadership as well as community service. Entries are judged on evidence of a significant effort beyond a publication’s routine scope; the initiative of the publication; the use of editorials in connection with the project or projects; and the results.

Judges honored The News Virginian for our reporting and editorial leadership regarding revitalization of Waynesboro's downtown and our managing editor's formation of a revitalization panel.

Among individual awards, judges looked favorably upon my work in the public safety, feature writing, business, news and breaking news categories.

Chase Purdy also shocked his judge, earning 3rd place for his feature story Lost pigeon perishes on pilgrimage!

Chase and I rode to Roanoke for the VPA banquet today, where we met up with other TNV reporters and editors and hob-knobbed with some fat cats.

Here's a list of my VPA honors from this year:

1Breaking news photophoto
2Public safety writingAntics, Word of mouth, Code of conduct
2General newsArrest looms
2Feature seriesEpic return, Stay or go, et al
3Breaking news writingChopper down (with staff)
3Business writingCultivated niche, Mohawk to close, etc.
3General news writingGrim news shakes workers (with staff)

:: Full summary of TNV awards.
:: More on the integrity award.
:: View all winners (searchable database, too, for '08 and '09) at

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