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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, September 16, 2013
Rape survivor reclaims her power
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

She’d made the walk to her little red car a hundred times before. But on a rainy Friday night in February 2012, someone else was close behind.

On the sixth floor of the Vanderbilt University parking garage that night, a man ambushed then 21-year-old Taylor Walker as she opened her car door and forced himself onto her.

The next few minutes — the scariest she has known — would change the course of Walker’s life. Her horror would later grow when she learned that the man had been out on bond, charged with a previous rape attempt.

In the aftermath, Walker has become a volunteer advocate for rape victims and plans to attend law school to go into criminal justice work. She’ll bring with her a deep understanding of what women face when they are sexually assaulted.

Walker, who graduated in May, wants to help change a culture that has allowed sexual violence to continue, in part by destroying the stigma so often felt by women who are raped. Although The Tennessean usually does not name victims of sexual assault, Walker insisted on being identified. She did so for one simple reason:

She didn’t do anything wrong.

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