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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.

Old Hickory quarry
GoogleMaps

State government inspectors — not the Metro Council — will decide whether a limestone quarry can begin operations on 141 acres in Old Hickory.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The final day of early voting in Nashville turned out to be the biggest. According to The Tennessean, a total of 54,000 people turned out to cast a ballot early. That’s effectively the same pace of voting as eight years ago. Many voters say having seven candidates for mayor made it tough to pick one.

Jessi Zazu Those Darlins photo
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville rocker Jessi Zazu, of Those Darlins, has come full circle, from attending the Southern Girls Rock Camp for teenage female musicians, to teaching guitar and performing at the camp.

Beaman Park trails Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Beaman Park in northern Davidson County — one of Metro's most rugged swaths of land for deep woods recreation — could soon expand by 568 acres.

Ray Kozak lasso cowboy
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

It's not easy for candidates to get noticed in an election as busy as Nashville’s this year — with dozens of races and a packed mayoral field

Park and Float Tennessee rivers
TWRA

Tennessee has been trying to help kayakers and canoe enthusiasts find more places to put in to the state’s rivers. But some paddlers say the state hasn’t kept up with demand and may even be going backward.

Nashville Lower Broadway sidewalks pedestrian scramble
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville has pinpointed the city’s most dangerous places for pedestrians and bicyclists, thanks to a study of more than 1,000 crashes over a three-year period. One of them — no surprise — is Lower Broadway, where throngs of tourists fill the sidewalks and crosswalks every day. 

Nashville charter amendment
Nashville.gov

There's one way that Nashville finds itself in the same league with New York City and Chicago. Although the other two are much larger places, Nashville has a similarly large city council.

But here, critics say that a 40-member council is too big and they're pushing for change with a Metro Charter amendment on the ballot. Voters are about to decide.

Nashville bridge Interstate 40
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

It’s almost time for the most intense part of Nashville’s huge bridge replacement project near downtown. Starting Friday, parts of Interstate 40 will be closed on 13 weekends from July through October. But a feat of engineering will save drivers from even worse delays.

Nashville bus MTA
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The most in-depth study of Nashville’s transit system in recent years has arrived, and it paints a detailed picture of why the city is struggling to get a growing population where they want to go.

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