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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, July 09, 2010
Abuse cited at Liberty Point
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

State investigators cited serious abuse of child patients and leadership instability when they downgraded the license of a Staunton psychiatric care facility that is seeking to expand, according to records obtained by The News Virginian.

The state Health Department referenced the 2009 license downgrade in a report last week in which staff recommended against Liberty Point’s expansion on Montgomery Avenue. The private facility cares for mentally retarded males ages 13 to 22 and wants to add a four-bed inpatient care center to treat children with severe mental health diagnoses.

Liberty Point staff failed to prevent fights among teenage patients that led to broken bones and bloody noses, left unattended boys to engage in sexual acts and used improper holds during restraints, among other violations, according to four years’ worth of investigation reports obtained under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

Allegations of abuse at Liberty Point rose from one claim in 2006 to 53 in 2008 and 61 in 2009, according to records from the Office of Human Rights, which investigates claims along with the Office of Licensing within the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

In 2008, 12 of 53 allegations were determined founded. In 2009, 44 of 61 were founded.

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