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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
Friday, May 28, 2010
'That street life'
By Chase Purdy & Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

The Waynesboro man charged with attempted murder and arrested in Arizona this week repeatedly committed crimes, begged authorities for mercy and then landed behind bars again, according to court records.

A city prosecutor dropped probation violation charges against Arthur T. Allen last year that could have brought down more than a dozen years of previously suspended jail time. Instead, Allen, 28, walked free in February, took a bullet to the foot and now is accused of firing gunshots at a car with women and children inside at the 7-Eleven in Fishersville.

Court records show a pattern for Allen: arrest, conviction, plea for reduced jail time, brief freedom and more trouble.

Yet authorities investigating drug cases in 2008 turned to Allen as an informant, according to court records and letters he wrote to a judge.

Allen described himself in his hand-written letters as the informant who helped police during a yearlong investigation that led to 28 drug arrests in October 2008. He said he was promised reduced jail time and dropped probation violation charges in exchange for his help. Authorities refused to identify Allen as the informant in that case.

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