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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
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Grandparents' love leads to Supreme Court case
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

CENTERVILLE, TENN. — Neal and Norma Jean Lovlace bring one idea to home decor: the more photos of their granddaughter the better.

The little girl looks out from dozens of photo frames of all shapes, from atop the fireplace mantel and all over the fridge in their Centerville home. The images capture Norma Jean with the newborn at the hospital, the grandparents with the girl at gymnastics class and the girl trying some finger-painting — on Grandpa’s face.

Yet for almost seven years, the Lovlaces have depended on a court order to allow them to visit each week with her — now age 10 — in a legal battle that has now led the family to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

In the coming weeks, the court will rule on one piece of the state’s grandparent visitation law, determining the future role for the Lovlaces and grandparents across the state. The ruling is expected to set the standard for what grandparents need to do to make changes to court-ordered visitation plans — when they ask for more time, different days or other modifications.

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