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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, June 07, 2011
Out of creek tragedy, a 'silver lining'
By Tony Gonzalez
The News Virginian

Chuck Worden had never been to Waynesboro before the day on which he would save a life.

And he didn’t know the 10-year-old boy he tucked under his arm and rescued from a flooding creek that claimed the boy’s mother and friend.

But he’s no longer a stranger.

Since the heavy rains of April 16, Worden has waded through the public spotlight and a legal tangle — also made public — that carried him back to New York. Recently back in Virginia, he has shared meals with the boy, Adrian Rowe, and Adrian’s father, David. Together they’ve walked the banks of the now-calmer Rockfish Run, where Adrian’s mother and an 8-year-old friend drowned.

On Saturday, Worden, his girlfriend, Judy Gentry, and her two children traveled back to Waynesboro for a barbecue at David Rowe’s. Adrian splashed in a pool alongside Gentry’s kids and tossed a football. Worden and David Rowe shared burger-grilling duties.

“To see Adrian is to know we truly are blessed,” Worden said. “[God] put us there for a reason.”

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