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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, May 26, 2013
The Accidental Advocate
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

The story of Jim Zwerg’s involvement with the civil rights movement begins with a twist.

As a white exchange student from Wisconsin arriving for his first day at historically black Fisk University in January 1961, he found students performing a new dance craze and asked them what it was.

"They said it was ‘The Twist,’ ” Zwerg recalls. “The Wisconsin twist was a flat-footed dance. These kids are lifting legs and spinnin’ around and doing all kinds of gyrations. They started showing me how I could do some of that.”

They turned out to be members of the Nashville movement, a group of students who were fighting segregation through peaceful demonstrations. They had successfully integrated Nashville lunch counters the year before. He would have to earn his place among them.

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