Tony Gonzalez | Nashville Public Radio

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.

Curious Nashville WPLN
Lee Hale / WPLN

Piranhas, tombstones, tunnels, and trains. Questions about Nashville road names. And even a query about how much it rains here. (The answer: Nashville does receive more annual rainfall than stereotypically soggy Seattle.)

These subjects, and many more, have made for a lively 2 years for Curious Nashville.

Harpeth River Greenway
Rex Hammock / Flickr

A forested property that borders the Harpeth River in Bellevue will become a public park, in what one city official calls a "huge" gift.

The long-coveted 51-acre property will be donated to Metro Parks by The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation.

Nashville Sheri Weiner
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

In the shakeup at Nashville’s City Hall, the succession includes the naming of Sheri Weiner as the new vice mayor. As a Bellevue councilwoman since 2011, she’s considered one of the few conservatives on the council, and hasn’t been afraid to ask tough questions of Metro departments.

david briley
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

This was not how David Briley expected his day to go.

The new mayor of Nashville described his first, unexpected hours in office on Tuesday as “drinking from a fire hose” — from small tasks like getting a new ID badge made, to taking calls from former mayors, to talking about school funding with the district’s director.

Megan Barry
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN (file)

Few are openly celebrating the demise of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, who stepped down as part of a plea deal on Tuesday morning. She also pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge related to her two-year affair with the head of her security team.

Delwin Steven Campbell via Flickr

Since the fatal Parkland, Fla., school shooting, Tennessee has been hearing more school violence threats through the state’s hotline for youth experiencing a mental health crisis. In the past two weeks, one nonprofit has dispatched its counselors to meet face-to-face with more than 40 young people regarding threats. 

Council Special Committee
Metro Nashville Network

One of the investigations into Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is beginning to take shape, and as it does, members of the Metro Council say they need a public mandate to move swiftly.

Megan Barry
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

This story has been corrected to accurately explain the timeframe of mayoral elections.

The editorial board of The Tennessean called Wednesday for Mayor Megan Barry to resign. Leaders of the daily paper wrote that they no longer believe she has acted in the best interests of the city in how she carried out a 2-year affair with a security officer.

Nashville schools desegregation
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

When Nashville schools began to integrate in 1957, first graders walked through angry white mobs. 

Rejoice School of Ballet
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

In its latest stage production, a multi-racial youth ballet company in Nashville has decided to tell the story of American slavery and racism.