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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
Monday, April 11, 2011
Looking Up: Changes protect dark skies
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

In stargazing circles, spotting the Milky Way is a common way to measure the darkness of the night sky.

Look up on a moonless summer night in Waynesboro, and it’s still possible to see the galaxy. In an effort to keep it that way, the city recently joined neighboring localities in rewriting zoning codes to limit light pollution.

Ordinance changes and technology improvements are catching on, to the benefit of the stars above, said area astronomers who just wrapped up International Dark Sky Week. They used those days to ask businesses and cities to limit lighting, because despite growing awareness of light pollution, commercial development continues to erode the night.

In addition to preserving astronomical views, dark sky proponents said shielded and downward directed lighting is safer for drivers, kinder to neighbors, and gentler on electric bills.

“The amount of light pollution has gotten worse,” said Waynesboro High School astronomy teacher Charlie Cox.

“Facing north is terrible,” he said. “One thing that is good is that most of the new light fixtures are covered.”

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