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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
Friday, January 10, 2014
The quest to be Tennessee's top blood donor

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Wear and tear on a #businesscard noticed #onassignment today. #RedCross #behindthescenes
Inside the Red Cross offices in Nashville, where success in the daily mission is literally measured in blood, one man can motivate even veteran staff members to give one more time.

Because it’s hard to resist the example set by Nathan Baker.

The 60-year-old Madison man has given more blood than anyone else in a 70-county area that includes most of Tennessee and Kentucky and parts of Illinois and Missouri. He also happens to work out of the Nashville Red Cross office as a roving teacher, speaking about the life-or-death importance of blood donation in hundreds of classrooms each year.

So what does it take to be the No. 1 donor?

Baker recently let nurses prick his forearm for the 500th time, a one-of-a-kind accomplishment in the region that has yielded some 63 gallons of blood. The average human body contains up to 1.5 gallons.

Local Red Cross records say that’s more than anyone else — a coveted title that feeds a competitive urge — and a testament to Baker’s consistent giving since his first timid trip to the donation chair, 41 years earlier, as a freshman at Trevecca Nazarene University.

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