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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 is the executive producer of the Curious Nashville podcast. He’s also an award-winning juggler who lives in East Nashville with his wife and daughter. 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.

Park and Float Tennessee rivers

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

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.

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.