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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.

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.

Go Set A Watchman Harper Lee
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman” has arrived in record-setting numbers at the Nashville Public Library.

To meet the demand, Noel Rutherford uses a combination of guesswork and technology to choose how many copies to buy.

Streets and Roads Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

As politicians, city planners and residents think about the future of Nashville, one of the things they can’t stop talking about is sidewalks. WPLN has been doing a lot of stories on the subject in the past few months. But a recent question from within the newsroom — from Mack, our digital services director — wasn't easy to answer.

Nashville MTA bus
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s newest study of mass transit has uncovered two distinct camps of people, meaning that it won’t be easy for transportation leaders to please everyone.

municipal ID Nashville
Center for Popular Democracy

Nashville’s mayoral candidates want to create what’s known as a municipal ID card. They like the idea so much that, at times, it sounds like they’re competing to be its biggest champion.

Southeast Branch library
Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County

The Nashville library system has hit a major mark: 5 million items checked out.

“Nashville’s librarians are doing little book jigs today,” said library spokeswoman Andrea Fanta.

homeless Nashville
Nina Cardona / WPLN

A Vanderbilt University researcher led a new national study, out this week, about the best ways to help people out of homelessness. And there was one approach that worked far better than any other.

Nashville immigration diversity
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

More than 200 immigrants have registered to vote in Nashville in the past few weeks, according to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. The group has also hosted a mayoral forum and surveyed foreign-born Nashvillians about what they want in the next mayor.

Nashville pollworker election voting
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Finding people to work at polling places on Election Day isn't easy. But Davidson County has seen a huge surge in interest, in part, by changing how they talk about the job.

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