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.

Steve Anderson Megan Barry
Metro Nashville Police Department

Last week’s fatal shooting by a Nashville police officer has reignited interest in equipping officers with body cameras. Mayor Megan Barry says she intends to fund the technology, but her administration is still mulling how exactly the cameras would be used.

Tennessee travel ban poll

A new poll of Tennesseans finds that they are almost evenly divided on several questions about immigration, refugees, and President Donald Trump’s attempt to create a travel ban from seven majority-Muslim nations.

Jocques Clemmons shooting Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Metro police are defending the actions of Officer Josh Lippert, who shot and killed a man after a brief scuffle Friday afternoon in the James Cayce public housing projects in East Nashville.

Nashville emissions by year
Livable Nashville Committee

To become the “greenest city in the Southeast” — as Mayor Megan Barry says it — Nashville will need to increase recycling, add solar panels atop government buildings, and plant 500,000 trees.

Nashville languages spoken
Metro Human Relations Commission

Nashville is home to a growing number of residents who speak English “less than very well.” By the latest Metro estimate, it’s nearly 10 percent of residents, meaning that more than 60,000 people are conversing in Spanish, Arabic, Somali or other languages.

refugees Tennessee
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Rallies in support of immigrants and refugees have been frequent lately. Yet across Tennessee, a large share of residents — perhaps less demonstrative — have mixed feelings.

Nashville sanctuary city
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Editor's note: This end of this story has been corrected to explain that country-of-origin information is collected by Metro police at the time of arrest, but is not gathered into reports.   

One of President Donald Trump’s executive orders threatens to withdraw federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” — places that are explicitly welcoming to immigrants and refugees, and where officials often refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

Nashville isn’t a sanctuary city. But leaders have adopted several immigrant-assistance policies, and they're hearing mounting pressure from activists to move in that direction.

Eagleville, Tennessee, post office photo
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

There’s only one place in Middle Tennessee that has built a new sewer system — from scratch — in recent years. Eagleville, the one-stoplight town of 650 people in Rutherford County, has cleaned up a foul smell that used to hang in the air. And the town is now seeing its first major development interest in a decade.

Nashville MTA bus
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The mayor of Nashville may be one of the most vocal supporters of Governor Bill Haslam’s newly unveiled transportation plan — which hinges on whether the Republican legislature will increase the gas tax.

Tennessee protesters
Stephen Jerkins

Gov. Bill Haslam’s pitch for free community college for all Tennessee adults received a standing ovation during his State of the State address on Monday. But the governor was also met by hundreds of protesters, whose chants often seeped into the chamber as he spoke.