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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
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Assault hearing ends sordid tale
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

STAUNTON — Implicated in a murder he didn’t commit, Matthew Giovine tracked down the man who pointed police his way and struck him with the handle of a shovel in May 2009, authorities said.

For the attack, Giovine will serve no jail time. A judge Wednesday followed a joint recommendation by attorneys, imposing a suspended five-year sentence and placing Giovine, 33, on probation.

“Mr. Giovine’s entire freedom for the rest of his life was put in jeopardy,” defense attorney Frankie Coyner said of the man’s motive.

Giovine’s brief hearing Wednesday brought to a close a sordid collection of cases in which the burglary ring led to murder, lies to police, broken love affairs, an escape to Florida and a beaten chihuahua puppy.

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