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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
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Man found after 9-hour search
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

With his gnarled walking stick still in hand, Johnny Turner returned to his Waynesboro home and the embraces of his wife Thursday after a nine-hour absence drew dozens of searchers to the city.

With one hiking boot untied, Turner, 72, beamed from beneath a gray flat cap while jacketed detectives and deputies shared congratulations in the front yard.

Augusta County Deputy D.L. Moran found Turner walking in a field near Lowe’s off Lew DeWitt Boulevard at 4:16 p.m.

Turner’s family learned almost instantly, and as concerned neighbors stopped their cars outside Turner’s home on Vedette Avenue, grandson Joe Turner, 26, relayed the news from the porch.

“We found him, just a minute ago, literally,” he called to a woman in an SUV.

Before she left, another passer-by called out too.

“We just found him,” the grandson called.

“You found him!,” the second woman yelled. “Where was he … oh you don’t know? He’s home, that’s all that matters!”

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