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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, August 09, 2011
Semis, cars vie for pavement
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

CHRISTIANA — In his 16 years behind the wheel of a big rig, trucker Clint Massey has seen traffic more than double on Interstate 24, the highway he drives across the region twice weekly.

Regional truck traffic will double again in the coming two decades, projections say, adding to the kind of truck-heavy congestion that intimidates commuters and leaves drivers like Massey in a bind when seeking a place to rest.

Truck stops fill by nightfall, he said, often forcing truckers back onto the highway to again test their stamina in search of another place to stop.

“Out here, we make a mistake, people lose their lives,” Massey, 54, said as he refueled at the Shell truck stop at exit 89 on I-24 south of Murfreesboro. “That’s why we need places like this, where we can rest.”

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