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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
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Creek rescue felt 'like a lifetime'
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

With the waters of Rockfish Run tugging at his legs and a shirtless 9-year-old boy under one arm, Chuck Worden reached for the child’s mother as she dangled from the railing of a bridge Saturday.

He caught the woman by her hair.

But the strands slipped through and the flooding brown water stole Tina Marie Allen. In her arms was Lacy Elizabeth Taylor, 8.

The woman and the girl drowned in the flooding creek Saturday after they slipped while crossing the Kirby Avenue bridge at about 5:30 p.m. Police said the trio went around a barricade placed there after a vehicle became stuck earlier.

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