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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, April 18, 2014
Nashville more than 'black and white and country music'
By Tony Gonzalez
The Tennesssean 

He had already learned English, but understanding the Southern accent — that was the hard part for Somchay Manivong.

The locals thought he sounded funny, too.

He arrived in Murfreesboro in 1989 with an accent of his own, inflected with tones of the Laotian and French languages he learned growing up, before war forced his family to flee Laos in southeast Asia.

It was in that voice that Manivong recorded his personal story on Dec. 10, both preserving it for his family and joining in a project with a much wider reach. The stories of 39 immigrants, recorded recently by the Nashville Public Library and StoryCorps, take on the mission of telling the rest of the nation about the diverse, cosmopolitan city Nashville has become.

"To the outside world, Nashville is still black and white and country music," said Andrea Blackman, library special collections manager.

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