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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
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Cougars win with early homers, defense
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

STAUNTON — Stuarts Draft rode early back-to-back home runs and played almost flawless defense to beat R.E. Lee 5-4 Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Region III tournament and Southern Valley District finals.

The Cougars’ four-run second inning forced the Leeman to play catchup. They did twice, with quick runs in answer to Cougar scores.

But Draft senior Chris Henkel went the distance, and marked two of his six strikeouts in the final inning to strand the potential tying run just 90 feet from home.

The Cougars mobbed Henkel after he ended the game with a strikeout of Lee junior and pitcher Joseph Wood, who had singled and scored earlier.

Wood nearly matched Henkel on the mound. He allowed eight hits to Henkel’s nine. Wood walked two, struck out six and stranded four baserunners.

Henkel stranded seven, including three in the final two innings.

Draft coach Josh Podgorski said he almost removed Henkel in the sixth, when Lee leadoff man Terrell Mickens came up with two men on.

“The kids waived me off,” Podgorski said. “I went with their instincts. We got the pop up.”

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