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.

Nashville police car
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s police department would grow substantially in the mayor’s newly proposed budget. In her annual "State of Metro" address, Megan Barry called for the hiring of 22 new officers to work specifically on foot patrols within neighborhoods, plus 48 more regular-duty officers.

courtesy MTA

Nashville is ready to pursue light rail train service. That was the big reveal in the “State of Metro” speech by Mayor Megan Barry.

“I am very happy to announce that today the work begins to create light rail service on the Gallatin Pike corridor,” she said to applause near the end of her address outside Bridgestone Arena.

Fifth Broadway Nashville
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Construction has begun on what will become downtown Nashville’s largest mixed-use development. Known as “Fifth + Broadway,” the 32-story project replaces the old convention center.

Watkins College silos
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

While all kinds of buildings are rising across Nashville, one of the city’s largest business parks — MetroCenter — is now home to one of the more unusual structures.

Imagine having someone watch your every move for 16 years. And when you mess up, the watchdog tells a federal court judge and gives interviews to reporters about whatever happened.

Cumberland River
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A coalition of Tennessee groups has secured the backing of high-profile Republican lawmakers on a $35 million proposal to protect water quality, farmland and Civil War sites.

Tennessee Gold Star Collection
Tennessee State Library and Archives

Here’s an example of remarkable foresight: Within two months of the end of World War I, the state of Tennessee began diligently collecting records from so-called “gold star families” — those that lost sons in the war.

Tennessee Supreme Court building
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the state’s method of lethal injection, which should allow executions to resume in the state.

Nashville courthouse
Nashville.gov

In Davidson County, about 4,000 undocumented immigrants come through the court system each year for driving without a license. This otherwise minor offense for U.S. citizens can trigger serious consequences for the undocumented — especially if they plead guilty.

Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Mayor's Office

The meat-and-potatoes portion of Nashville’s budget hearings has concluded. This week, Mayor Megan Barry will listen to nontraditional ideas for how the Metro government might serve taxpayers.

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