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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
Thursday, December 01, 2011
The Story of Black Friday (in tweets)
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

They stood, they waited — and before the clock struck midnight — they tweeted.

Sure, the Twitter one-liners included the obvious exclamations about the long lines and cold fingers endured waiting for door-busting Black Friday sales.

But it was often the offbeat and unconventional that put the furious typing thumbs of Nashville’s social media world into motion on the year’s b shopping day: topless male models at clothing stores, piles of coupons strewn about the sidewalks and spiffy maps handed to shoppers inside Target.

Few details were too small to share.

Waiting in line outside Walmart, Nashville Twitter user @kali4nyaaa looked down at the jar of sugary Nutella balanced between her knees and made the inevitable decision. She snapped a photo and put out her dispatch: “What I’m eating in line … hahaha!”

Read the full story and view a Storify presentation at

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