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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
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Tenneesee foster kids face new hurdles at age 18
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean 

As a child who grew up in state foster care, Jennifer Rhodes knew that turning 18 and finally gaining her independence could also put her on a lonely, difficult path.

She had two options. Go it alone or accept more help.

The help came with strings attached — more rules and regimens in a program that would help her transition into adulthood. Still, she took it, and a year later she realized her decision was the right one.

She was a freshman at Middle Tennessee State University and her roommate invited a young homeless man to spend the night. The next morning, Rhodes learned the man also had been in foster care.

But when he turned 18, he did not sign up for any additional assistance.

By the time foster children reach 18, many have tired of caseworkers and counseling, of making plans and following government rules. Rhodes remembers facing that fork in the road.
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