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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
Monday, May 03, 2010
Rollover kills young singer
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

SWOOPE – A Staunton man died early Sunday after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck that overturned on a winding dirt road, authorities said.

Danny Alphonso Brown, 20, suffered severe head trauma after Daniel Allen Wise, 20, of Swoope, smashed the pickup into an embankment at about 12:45 a.m., said Virginia State Police Trooper Robert Fedorchuk.

Wise overcorrected after driving his modified 1997 Toyota truck off the right side of Livick Road, Fedorchuk said. Brown was riding in the truck bed, the trooper said.

Rescuers rushed Brown in an ambulance for about one mile to reach a medical helicopter, waiting in a grassy field at the intersection of Eidsen Creek and Glebe School roads. He was pronounced dead before he could be moved to the helicopter, authorities said.

Fedorchuk charged Wise with reckless driving. The trooper estimated the truck’s speed at 35 mph, which he called “unsafe” by about 10 mph. He said alcohol did not factor into the crash, although Brown and a female passenger in the truck cab had been drinking.

Fedorchuk did not anticipate further charges.

Brown, a rising rapper, was remembered by a peer Sunday for his raw singing abilities.

“A damn good talent,” said Charles Perez, CEO of New York City-based Heavy Green Entertainment.

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