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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
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Witness IDs 7-Eleven shooter
By Tony Gonzalez & Chase Purdy
The News Virginian

STAUNTON — A Waynesboro woman testified Thursday that a brief stop at 7-Eleven in Fishersville on May 7 devolved into a panic and a foot-on-the-accelerator getaway when a man shot her car four times.

“He just kept firing and we ducked and were screaming,” Devina Faulkner testified. “My daughter [age 2] was in the back and she was screaming.”

The car’s four occupants escaped unharmed.

The accused shooter fared worse, authorities said.

About three weeks after the shooting, suspect Arthur Thomas Allen, 28, broke bones around his neck after a jump from a third-story window in Phoenix that led to hospitalization, incarceration and 11 charges including attempted murder.

A judge certified those charges to a grand jury Thursday based on Faulkner’s identification of Allen, an inmate’s testimony and ballistics evidence collected by a detective.


It was Allen listening to a friend testify against him Thursday, but a series of violent episodes in Allen’s life tie back to his willingness to testify against others, according to court records and statements Allen made during a jail call to The News Virginian.

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