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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, July 02, 2012
Cost-cutting claims 'The Big Ugly'
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

The truck they called "The Big Ugly" because of its rust, dents and sun-bleached city logo put in 25 good years for the La Vergne Public Works Department.

But there came a time this year when city employees had to ask: Was the sewage-scented Chevy D30 worth fixing one more time?

Public Works Director Greg Skinner found the answer in a records system created this year to identify the city's clunker fleet of vehicles. His emotions aside - mixed as they were about The Big Ugly - data told Skinner to ask for an upgrade to something cheaper to maintain and less embarrassing for the employees who drove it to residents' homes and parked it in their driveways.

The full version of this story is available in the archives.

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