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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
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
In sword killing, man gave up role of "brother's keeper"
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

Charles and Jordan Masters were as close as two brothers could be — best friends even, living together last summer in a Donelson apartment.

But in Davidson County court on Tuesday, a judge handed down a 25-year prison sentence for Charles, who killed his brother in August 2012 with one of the samurai swords they had collected together.

Charles, 34, killed Jordan, 28, on or just before Aug. 12, 2012, then stayed with his brother’s body at least four days before calling police to come to the apartment they shared at the Cedars at Elm Hill complex on Elm Hill Pike, according to court testimony.


Invoking Biblical themes that would resurface during the hearing, brother-in-law Jerry Whitney said Charles should have been Jordan’s “keeper.”

“He was the oldest and bigger brother, and most time bigger brothers, they look out for their younger ones,” he said. “Watch over them. They’re supposed to protect them and keep their brother safe from harm and hurt. I feel Charlie had a choice to be his brother’s keeper, but he chose not to be.”

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