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.

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.

Mayor Megan Barry Nashville Rotary Club
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Many Nashville residents and business owners are about to see a double whammy in cost increases for living in Davidson County. But Mayor Megan Barry said Monday that there are ways to soften the impact.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville has not been immune to acts of hate, harassment and bias in recent months. But exactly how often they've occurred is difficult to say. So a coalition of immigrant, LGBT, and religious organizations debuted a new counting method this week.

John Lewis nonviolence March
Top Shelf Comix

A decision by the Nashville Public Library is looking prophetic this week.

Months ago, officials chose U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s graphic novel about the Civil Rights Movement — called March — for this year’s citywide read. Now the three-part memoir has skyrocketed in popularity following a feud between Lewis and President-elect Donald Trump.

Tennessee library and archives
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is now addressing one of the ripple effects of the Gatlinburg wildfires: the loss of vital records and family papers.

Nashville bicyclist bike lane WalknBike
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville bicyclists — or those who have at least tried to ride in the city — overwhelmingly say that current bike lanes and traffic patterns leave them feeling unsafe. With that in mind, Metro has debuted a new approach on bike lanes and greenways that will cater to beginners, and strive to create a “low stress” bicycling network.

Gideon's Army Nashville
Metro Networks

Nashville police and the critics of their traffic stops remained at a stark divide after a specially called meeting Monday at Metro Council chambers. Police offered no direct rebuttal to findings that officers disproportionately stop and search the vehicles of black drivers, and the department made no promises of reforms.

Nashville sidewalk WalknBike map
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville now knows exactly how lacking its sidewalk network is, and has calculated the price to add hundreds of miles for pedestrians. Metro debuted its new master plan for sidewalks and bikeways — known as WalknBike — on Monday.

Gideons Army Driving While Black
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

In October, a group of Nashville activists stood on the steps of City Hall to announce findings of racial disparities in local policing and to demand changes to how traffic stops are conducted. Now they’ll get the chance to show the Metro Council exactly what they found by analyzing 82,000 traffic stops from the past five years.

Kellytown Aaittafama
Courtesy of Hodgson Douglas

A new name has been chosen for an archaeological site near the border between Nashville and Brentwood. The prehistoric village that has been referred to as “Kellytown” will now be known by a Native American word.