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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.

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Metro Nashville Network

Metro's auditor will be involved in the investigation into Mayor Megan Barry's travel spending related to the bodyguard with whom she was having an affair.

The Nashville Internal Audit Committee decided Tuesday that auditor Mark Swann will not pursue his own case, but rather take guidance from the Metro Council’s seven-member special committee. 

Bridgestone Olympic

One of Nashville’s largest companies will be prominently linked with this year’s winter Olympics, which open Friday night. Bridgestone, which has its American headquarters downtown, is one of 13 official Olympic partners.

Megan Barry
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Not since 1974 has the Metro Council investigated a mayor with a special committee — but a decision on Tuesday that passed by the minimum number of votes means that Megan Barry will face such scrutiny.

Nashville transit
Nashville Mayor's Office

It’s official: Nashville voters will get the chance to decide whether to raise taxes to pay for the mayor’s plan for mass transit.

The Metro Council finalized a referendum Tuesday night so that increases to four kinds of taxes will appear on the ballot on May 1.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Revelations about Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s extramarital affair have surfaced just as she pursues one of her toughest political goals: convincing voters to fund her multi-billion-dollar mass transit plan.

But after what she called an embarrassing and “very bad day,” she won’t be taking a leave.

Megan Barry
File photo / WPLN

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry disclosed an extramarital affair with the head of her security detail on Wednesday and publicly apologized after mounting media inquiries about the sudden retirement of police Sgt. Rob Forrest.

Mayor's Youth Summit Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

More than 300 Nashville teens gathered this week at the Mayor’s Youth Summit to brainstorm improvements for the city. And while they identified a broad range of challenges in their schools and communities, the most dire topic on many minds was teen violence — especially with so many in attendance whose classmates have been killed.

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Given several options, Nashville’s council on Tuesday chose a more aggressive approach to reducing — but not completely banning — short-term home rentals.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Much of Middle Tennessee had enough snow Tuesday to warrant legitimate sledding. WPLN’s Tony Gonzalez caught up with families in Shelby Park and produced this audio postcard.

Snow has moved out of Middle Tennessee, but single-digit temperatures will turn most of the snow and sleet into ice Tuesday night, especially on the roads. Most school districts in Middle Tennessee have called another snow day but afternoon sunshine kick-started the melting of hillsides and may hinder Wednesday's sledding.


Nashville Crime Stoppers

Nashville’s crime tip service has long relied on anonymous callers — but a recent upgrade means that eyewitness photos, videos and recordings can now be passed to police detectives.