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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, October 15, 2010
Sewage leaks spur borrowing plan
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

Fined by state environmental regulators and ordered to make pipe and manhole upgrades, Waynesboro plans to borrow almost $4 million, mostly to make fixes to a wastewater network frequently overwhelmed by heavy rains.

That move was discussed Tuesday during a public hearing before the City Council. Almost $2.3 million of a $3.7 bond would be used for improvements to the city’s sewer collection system. The city would borrow money under the federal Build America bond program, created last year by the Obama administration as a way to help governments get better interest rates.

The city’s new wastewater treatment plant, opened in August, provided a “significant” improvement in handling sewage, a state regulator said, but problems persist with the pipes that deliver sewage and water to the plant.

“This has been an issue that has plagued the city of Waynesboro for decades,” Assistant City Manager Jim Shaw told the council.

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