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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
Saturday, June 18, 2011
A beagle named 'Buddy'
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

News reporters are trained to gather every possible detail when working on a story. The rule of thumb is to “always get the name of the dog.”

For this story, we got them all.

Looking through the database of every registered dog in Waynesboro, we found four beagles named Buddy, four Chihuahuas (and one pitbull) named Peanut and five dogs named with a number 2. The city is home to a pair of Dobermans named Brooklyn and Bronx, and the one and only registered “mutt” is named Bojangles. Alphabetically, names range from Abbey to Zydeco.

There are five dogs named Scruffy, four named Scrappy, one Screech and one Scurry.

There’s just one “Spot” in town, a Staffordshire Terrier living on Fairway Drive.

“When you have a mostly white dog, with a brindle patch on one ear and another on the opposite eye, there’s no reason not to call him Spot,” said Glenn Doggett, who found the dog at the Charlottesville SPCA.

Read the full story at

ALSO: Behind the doggles

AND: My last month at The News Virginian.


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