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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, June 25, 2012
Planners envision a future Nashville
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

Before: A six-lane interstate divides two Nashville neighborhoods.

After: A mile-long "land bridge" over the highway connects The Gulch and Midtown with a grassy place to walk and play.

Commercial developments soon spring up, facing the park from both sides, eager to be part of a lively new scene.

It's just an idea for now - one of many pictured in splashy detail in a new 300-page urban design book that local planners, developers, architects and officials have been using since April to think big about the future of Nashville and the region.

The book, Moving Tennessee Forward, puts aside cost constraints and the real-world politics that will probably keep some of the ideas from ever being realized. But the fact that they have been imagined at least points to what's possible, and to what life could be like in the next 20 years: more walkable streets, dramatic new bridges, a re-envisioned Centennial Park and transit-oriented suburban neighborhoods.

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