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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, February 18, 2012
Instagram lovers meet IRL in Nashville

By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

She doesn’t exactly remember how it all began, but about three months ago Shana Dyer started looking at the quirky photographs of a bright-eyed, dark-haired songwriter living in Florida, who was planning to move to Nashville.

From afar, Dyer looked at new snapshots the woman posted almost every day. In turn, she displayed her own and exchanged comments through Instagram, a free photo-sharing application for iPhone. By the time she saw a photograph of a loaded U-Haul truck driving toward Tennessee, Dyer felt a new friend was on the way.

The women plan to meet for the first time today — in real life, or IRL in Web slang — during a local meeting of Instagram users who will roam downtown Nashville taking photographs together.

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