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 academy
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville police are hopeful that they’ll add 62 new officers and diversify the department.

Barnes Housing Trust Fund
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

After years of talking about affordable housing in Nashville, the buzzword has turned into action — with city-funded efforts finally leading to some new rooftops. A record level of $10 million available through the Barnes Housing Trust Fund has led to a wave of interest from a broad range of developers.

Col. Tom Parker home
Historic Nashville Inc.

No savior has emerged to buy and preserve the home office where “The Colonel” — Tom Parker — made Elvis Presley a star as his manager and promoter. Now the old stone building in Madison is slated for demolition to make way for a car wash.

child abuse Tennessee
Second Look Commission

Tennessee’s law that requires suspected child abuse to be reported to authorities is too often being ignored, according to a child abuse watchdog group.

Tennessee State Prison
Tennessee State Library & Archives

The old Tennessee State Prison, also known as “The Castle,” has drawn a lot of attention this year. There’s been talk of redeveloping the largely dormant site along the Cumberland River. And with the blessing of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, a flying drone video documented the property extensively.

But it was in a different medium, back in 1933, that the prison produced some little-known musical recordings.

Harding Place sidewalk Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

An area of South Nashville that has been known as a deadly corridor for pedestrians is finally seeing progress on a lengthy sidewalk project.

Nashville bus transit priority
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

For the first time, some Nashville buses are about to get an advantage on the roads, instead of being thrown in the mix with general traffic.

Changes are coming to lanes and stoplights along Murfreesboro Road in Southeast Nashville, home to the second-highest bus ridership in the city. And officials say this project is unique in that it gives priority to public transit — a sign of things to come in other ambitious plans for the future.

Metro Codes Nashville office
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A new study of the Metro Codes department paints the agency as understaffed and overwhelmed by the challenge of monitoring the huge influx of short-term rental properties in Nashville.

And it describes the system of responding to citizen complaints — about uncut grass, garbage in alleyways, and unsafe buildings — as “skewed more toward protecting the rights of property owners against unjustified complaints than it is toward providing relief to neighbors.”

Warner Parks Nashville
Metro Parks

It’s been a transformative year at the Warner Parks in West Nashville. The popular natural area has benefitted from several upgrades. But there’s also been a snag with a proposed expansion.

Strong Inside Wallace Maraniss
Courtesy of Andrew Maraniss

A Nashville author who saw surprising success with his first book is trying to extend his hot streak. With, “Strong Inside,” Vanderbilt University alum Andrew Maraniss delivered a bestseller about Perry Wallace, the first black basketball player in the Southeastern Conference.

Now, Maraniss has crafted the story into a condensed version for young adults — with a full-color action shot on the cover — and it joins an emerging trend of true sports stories for teens.

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