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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 29, 2013
DCS coverage honored with national APME award

The Tennessean’s coverage of the Department of Children’s Services first place in its circulation category and received the First Amendment Award in the annual Associated Press Media Editors’ Journalism Excellence Awards for its ongoing coverage of the Department of Children’s Services and the agency’s handling of cases involving children who died or nearly died.

A state lawmaker’s concern about children’s deaths prompted an ongoing Tennessean investigation into how the department oversees children under its watch. More than 200 children who had prior contact with the department have died or had a “near-fatality event” since January 2009, and more than 70 died last year.

The Tennessean has detailed how the department broke the law by not reporting deaths to lawmakers and failed to keep accurate fatality statistics. The reporting also showed how the department allowed thousands of child abuse hotline calls to go unanswered and struggled to handle a spike in violence at youth detention centers.

When the state refused to release information, The Tennessean organized a coalition of news organizations and filed a lawsuit against the department seeking access to the records on child fatalities and near-fatalities.

Read the full story at and learn more about all the APME awards here.

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