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.

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

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.

Opportunity Now Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

One of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s ambitious goals has been to find summer jobs for 10,000 teens and young adults. She’s been recruiting employers to offer positions, and now her administration is trying to find youth to fill them.

Metro Nashville tax freeze
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Many Nashville neighborhoods are bracing for their new property tax bills, which could be substantially higher after this year’s countywide assessment — so much so that homeowners may find it difficult to keep up with the costs.

surveillance cameras Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville authorities — especially the police and those overseeing public housing — have steadily increased the use of surveillance cameras to monitor for crime, or try to deter it.

Now a new proposal could rein in Metro’s use of such technology.

Metro Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A thread weaves through this week’s Metro government budget hearings: that the growth of Nashville has department leaders scrambling to keep up. And they’re asking for more funding to do that.

Nashville Public Library downtown
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Nashville Public Library is considering an end to late fees for overdue materials. That would make a small dent in the library’s budget, but leaders say they have a good reason to make the change.