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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
News Virginian wins APME honors
NEW YORK (AP) -- The News Virginian captured first place in international writing and was a finalist in the public service award in the annual Associated Press Managing Editors journalism excellence contest.

"Borders Within," an ongoing series of stories on Waynesboro's growing Hispanic population, placed first in the International Perspective category for newspapers under 40,000 circulation, the APME announced today. Reporters Chase Purdy and Tony Gonzalez launched the series in late 2009.

"This series is an example of two journalists digging deep into the community to give readers a fuller, better understanding of a key and growing segment of our population," said Lee Wolverton, editor and general manager of The News Virginian. "It's the product of old-fashioned source-building and hard work on the part of Tony and Chase, and it shows us the human side of the Hispanic community, an aspect frequently ignored in the immigration debate."

Judges in the public service category awarded an honorable mention to the newspaper for coverage and editorials on the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents in Staunton, which narrowly avoided closure two years in a row in tough budgeting times. Gonzalez' investigation revealed that a committee report explaining the drawbacks to closure had been altered at the state government level to diminish those concerns.

The News Virginian was the smallest of the newspapers honored in the competition. Earlier this year, The News Virginian became the smallest daily in the 62-year history of the Virginia Press Association's public service award to win it.

Read more about the APME awards at

Borders Within
:: Across the Miles
:: Astir in the barrios
:: Niche barbershop growing

Commonwealth Center
:: Team riled over altered report
:: Center saved again
:: Abuse cited at Liberty Point


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