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Tony Gonzalez

Enterprise Reporter

Tony Gonzalez, a reporter in Nashville since July 2011, covers city news, features inspiring people, and seeks out offbeat stories. He’s also an award-winning juggler and hot chicken advocate who lives in East Nashville with his wife, a professional bookbinder. During his time at The Tennessean newspaper, his investigative reporting and feature stories were honored in the state and nationally. Gonzalez grew up near Chicago and came to Nashville after three years reporting and editing at Virginia's smallest daily newspaper, The News Virginian.

In bright yellow polo shirts, and often gliding through crowds on motorized Segways, the downtown Nashville “ambassadors” are easy to spot. And they’re seemingly omnipresent — working 16 hours a day, every day.

Nashville soccer stadium
Nashville Mayor's Office

The deal to build a professional soccer stadium in Nashville got a significant vote of confidence on Monday from a portion of the Metro Council. A final vote on Tuesday night will determine if the city and the team would share in the stadium cost — if the city is awarded a franchise.

White Nationalists Murfreesboro
Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Last weekend’s white nationalist rallies in Tennessee didn’t go down in infamy — but they may be remembered fondly in law enforcement circles. Just how large was the police presence?

Nashville demographic trends chart
Metro Planning Department

It’s not every day that a Curious Nashville question requests statistical analysis — as history questions are most common — but David Stricklin wonders:

What are current demographics compared to 25 years ago?

Lock One Park Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Lock One Park may be one of Nashville’s smallest parks, but it combines easy access to the Cumberland River with a surprising skyline view — and early 1900s stone ruins that lend an air of mystery.

edgehill polar bear
ENVA

Among Nashville’s neighborhood oddities, the polar bear statues in Edgehill can definitely turn heads. And while the history of the sculptures at Wedgewood and 12th Avenue South is relatively easy to trace, WPLN listener Mary Gingrass opened the door to a more contemporary answer by wording her Curious Nashville question this way:

Why is a BEAR the “logo” for Edgehill area?

Naval Reserve Training Center East Nashville Shelby Park
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The ship-shaped former Naval Reserve Training Center received historic landmark status in 2015, but its story doesn’t end there.

TenneSwim

A scientist who happens to be a world-class distance swimmer has traveled the length of the Tennessee River — all 652 miles of it, through multiple states.

Quintron Weather Warlock Third Man Records total solar eclipse
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

To fully appreciate this eclipse story, WPLN recommends the audio version (above).

An experimental musician brought his weather-controlled synthesizer to the roof of Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville for the total solar eclipse. The so-called “Weather Warlock” made a soundtrack based on the atmospheric conditions of wind, temperature and sunlight.

Megan Barry
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

For the first time since tragedy struck her family, Mayor Megan Barry spoke publicly on Monday to call on families to have difficult conversations about addiction.

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