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About
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.

Career
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.

Honors
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, December 17, 2013
Jim DeRogatis goes viral
Some 15 years after Chicago music journalist Jim DeRogatis exposed R. Kelly as a sexual predator who raped teen girls, a new Q & A with DeRogatis has ignited the kind of viral attention that his astounding investigation should have gotten years ago.

I grew up reading DeRogatis in the Chicago Sun-Times. I probably gave him less than his due because my father read him so closely, and as a teenager, it was too easy to roll my eyes about the things my dad liked. But I was a twerp.

DeRogatis has serious chops. As serious as any music journalist out there. And I keep on slowly hearing about more and more of his work. He has investigated Ticketmaster's monopolistic endeavors, wrote the "true story" of the Flaming Lips, and co-hosts "Sound Opinions" from WBEZ, of which I am finally a regular listener.

His commitment to his journalist principles has become an inspiration. His new Q & A about the R. Kelly investigation is a must-read over at the Village Voice.

Among the media insider-y insights (it's not, in general, an insider's interview) is this gem about how to cover a beat and put in the hard work:
When you cover the courts in Chicago or any city, you go twice a day and you go through the bin of cases that have been filed and every once in a while Michael Jordan's been sued or someone went bankrupt and it's this sexy story and you pull it out. These suits had been filed at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Ain't no reporter working at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and they flew under the radar.

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