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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.

Tennessee pedestrians
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

It’s been an especially deadly year for Tennessee pedestrians and bicyclists. Even though traffic fatalities are on pace to be down again in 2015, more people on foot and riding bikes died than in any year since the mid 1990s.

Tennessee legislative black caucus
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Members of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators issued a warning Monday to the state-run Achievement School District, which has the power to take over struggling schools. Lawmakers stopped just short of saying the ASD should disband.

Red Cross Nathan Baker classroom
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Madison man known as “The Blood Guy” for his record-setting blood donations and for his work at the Nashville office of the Red Cross has retired. Nathan Baker, 62, has given 68 gallons of blood — and counting.

Peoples Guide To Nashville

A new guidebook will be written to collect Nashville’s lesser-known stories and history. Known as “A People’s Guide To Nashville,” it’s the latest in a multi-city book series that illuminates places and events that have been ignored, giving voice to minority groups, protest movements and unsung heroes.

TBI Tennessee Bureau of Investigation office
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN (File photo)

Tennessee police departments have dramatically reduced their numbers of untested rape kits since a new state requirement took effect this year. Now a set of new written standards, finalized this week, will also govern how police take care of sexual assault survivors.

affordable housing Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The latest backers for more affordable housing want Nashville officials to think about its effects on health. The Healthy Nashville Leadership Council says home building policies can reduce poverty and commute times — and improve well-being.

Nashville airplane crash Southwest Flight 31
Andy Borchers

Update at 1:45 p.m. Thursday: National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss said the agency had taken over an investigation into the Boeing 737 that crashed into a ditch on Tuesday at Nashville International Airport because of the level of “substantial damage” to the airplane.

pedal taverns Nashville
Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

Pedal taverns — those rolling, multi-person bicycles that allow mobile beer guzzling in downtown Nashville — could soon face a new regulation. They’re not going away, but they may be seen less often.

Music Row Plan
Historic Nashville Inc.

Audio Pending...

What will it take to balance rapid growth and historic preservation along Nashville’s Music Row? The answer could be an uncommon policy that allows some buildings to be very large — but only if their developers pay to protect smaller recording studios and home offices.

Waverly Belmont Nashville neighborhood overlay
Courtesy of Kerry Conley

Despite some ongoing disagreements, Nashville's Waverly-Belmont neighborhood moved one step closer Thursday to protecting its historic character with new restrictions.

Metro’s Planning Commission voted in favor of a 152-acre conservation overlay that would limit new home construction — and demolitions.