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.

Opportunity Now Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

One of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s ambitious goals has been to find summer jobs for 10,000 teens and young adults. She’s been recruiting employers to offer positions, and now her administration is trying to find youth to fill them.

Metro Nashville tax freeze
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Many Nashville neighborhoods are bracing for their new property tax bills, which could be substantially higher after this year’s countywide assessment — so much so that homeowners may find it difficult to keep up with the costs.

surveillance cameras Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville authorities — especially the police and those overseeing public housing — have steadily increased the use of surveillance cameras to monitor for crime, or try to deter it.

Now a new proposal could rein in Metro’s use of such technology.

Metro Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A thread weaves through this week’s Metro government budget hearings: that the growth of Nashville has department leaders scrambling to keep up. And they’re asking for more funding to do that.

Nashville Public Library downtown
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Nashville Public Library is considering an end to late fees for overdue materials. That would make a small dent in the library’s budget, but leaders say they have a good reason to make the change. 

Nashville bus
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

News of President Donald Trump’s visit to Nashville has lit up social media — including many commentators who are grousing about the impact to the city’s transit system.

Legacy Mission Village Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s agencies that resettle refugees have taken a hit since the freeze imposed by the Trump administration. Catholic Charities had to lay off a dozen employees, and the nonprofit World Relief is closing its local office.

Yet the refugees who already live here are still seeking their assistance. So the client base has ballooned at nonprofits like Legacy Mission Village on Nolensville Pike.

Nashville police protective vest
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s council members are again taking a close look at Metro Police this week. This time, the council is considering whether to move faster on securing body cameras for officers.

opportunity now
Mayor's Office

Mayor Megan Barry rolls out the next step in her youth employment project on Friday. She’ll unveil the “Opportunity NOW” job portal at Pearl Cohn High School, creating a way for more teens to connect to jobs and paid internships.

worker protest Nolensville Tennessee
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A painting company in Nolensville is still fielding criticism after firing 18 Latino employees who skipped work last month as part of a nationwide boycott — the Day Without Immigrants.