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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, March 04, 2014
Alcohol takes Nashville teen to the bottom and back

By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean

The parents sensed something amiss when their teen daughter went to school three days in a row wearing the same clothes — hair uncombed — to start her senior year.

Not long before, she had enthusiastically toured colleges, asking questions and imagining campus life. But as the school year began in August 2013, Regan Webber told her mother, Trey, and father, Gerald, that she no longer wanted to take the ACT or go off to college after graduation.

What the Bellevue couple couldn’t figure out was whether Regan’s dour moods, complicated lies and escalating alcohol use were anything more than the typical grabs for independence of a normal 17-year-old.

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