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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, April 18, 2010
Immigrant mother killed in forklift accident
By Chase Purdy & Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

An immigrant and mother of six was killed Tuesday when her son crashed a forklift into a wall, causing it to collapse on her at a Waynesboro waffle cone plant, police and a relative said.

Rosa Hernandez, 37, was working alongside her 22-year-old son when the machine struck the wall at Matt’s Supreme Cones at 1300 Hopeman Parkway in Waynesboro, according to police and a relative who spoke through an interpreter.

The forklift “caught the upper wall and then it just tore it down,” said Waynesboro police Sgt. Kelly Walker.

Her son, still devastated from the accident, mourned with his family Tuesday evening, said the woman’s brother, Adan Hernandez.

Elida Mendoza-Morales, 41, said she was saddened by the unbelievable news of her longtime friend’s death. She was sad for the woman’s children.

Hernandez always wanted the best for her family, Mendoza-Morales said. The women lived near each other and Mendoza-Morales had helped Hernandez with translations.

Friends agreed that Hernandez worked hard for her family.

“Una buena mujer,” Mendoza-Morales said. A good woman.

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