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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 soccer stadium rendering

Over more than four hours Monday night, Nashvillians shared their thoughts about a proposed soccer stadium.

The Metro Council's public hearing on plans to build the project at the city's fairgrounds elicited passionate comments that revealed divides that go beyond sports — about tradition, development, culture, and demographics.

Nashville soccer stadium rendering
Courtesy of MLS2Nashville

Nashville’s pursuit of a Major League Soccer stadium for its fairgrounds property took two steps forward on Monday night and set the Metro Council on a path toward decisive votes on Sept 4.

vice mayor

Nashville’s contest for vice mayor enters the home stretch this week, as more early voting locations open and turnout is expected to ramp up.

Nashville schools
Blake Farmer / WPLN

A new audit finds that the finances of Metro Nashville Public Schools were not as unusual last year as some critics feared. Officials had requested an investigation into the district’s travel expenses, the salaries of central office staff, changes to vendor contracts and overall adherence to budget constraints.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A new audit out Wednesday confirms that former Mayor Megan Barry and her security guard, Sgt. Robert Forrest, violated ethical standards and that city funds were misused during their extramarital affair.

And auditors recommended several reforms for the mayor’s office, finance and human resources departments, and the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Metro board of ethical conduct
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A pair of investigations into former mayor Megan Barry are seeing a flurry of activity this week. The Metro Auditor’s much-anticipated findings could be made public soon. And on Tuesday, members of the Metro Board of Ethical Conduct — running their own probe — said they plan to call officials to testify.

The Roadies Nashville soccer
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

One of the most-debated subjects in Nashville right now is how — or whether — the city will build a new Major League Soccer stadium at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Almost every day, there’s a new contract being discussed or another city agency making a decision.

WPLN’s Jason Moon Wilkins and Tony Gonzalez sort out where things stand — and where they’re going — with the stadium.

Nashville peace sign aerial forest
Google Maps

From the proper vantage point it materializes unmistakably: A gigantic peace sign, cut into roughly 3 acres of forest next to the Nashville International Airport.

vice mayor

Nashvillians go to the polls again starting Friday, as early voting begins in the runoff race to choose a vice mayor to serve for the next year. Acting Vice Mayor Sheri Weiner and At-Large Councilman Jim Shulman are facing off for the second-highest-post in the city.

Courtesy of Lane Motor Museum

As it turns out, it’s easier to sink an amphibious car than to dredge one up from the bottom of a lake.

It took about four hours yesterday for a dive team to rescue the car-boat that sank into Percy Priest Lake in just 20 seconds on Saturday.