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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, August 22, 2011
Slow ride
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

EAGLEVILLE — Golf carts may be leisurely, low-speed rides, but cart enthusiasts in this farming town an hour south of Nashville want to fast-track a new ordinance to allow them to drive on city streets.

They’re so eager, in fact, that the two-man police department recently issued a warning in bright red text on its website: “Carts are not yet legal to drive on roadways or sides of roadways. This is for your safety.”

But for those who already decked out their golf carts with “street-legal” necessities, including brake lights, seat belts and mirrors, the freedom of the road has been hard to resist.

“They’re just as convenient as the dickens,” said Councilman Andy Soapes, who rides his cart to the fishing pond, to the farm co-op three doors down and to the mailbox at the end of the driveway.

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