Alexander Gonzalez

Associate Producer

Alexander Gonzalez produces the afternoon newscasts airing during All Things Considered. He enjoys helping tell the South Florida story through audio and digital platforms. Alex is interested in a little of everything from business to culture to politics.

 

A Miami native, Alex has been in the journalism game since high school. He was editor of his high school and college newspapers. After graduating from the University of Miami, he first arrived at WLRN as the summer 2015 digital intern. He reported on Latin American communities in Miami, the city’s burgeoning arts culture, and a grassroots group of mango collectors.

 

Before returning to Miami, Alex lived in New York, where he earned his master’s in journalism from NYU. In between, he also spent a year teaching English in France on a Fulbright grant.

 

In his spare time, Alex looks for discount books and listens to podcasts – his favorites include “Death, Sex & Money,” “Spooked” and “99% Invisible.”

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hemp vs marijuana
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Now that smoking hemp is legal across Florida, it's causing problems for local governments who want to prohibit smoking illegal marijuana. 

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

It’s been more than a week since Hurricane Dorian decimated parts of the Bahamas. The death toll has climbed to at least 50, and according to some news reports, 1,300 people are reported missing — a drop from an initial figure of 2,500.

Thousands of Bahamians face a difficult decision in the days, weeks and months ahead: whether they should stay to rebuild, come to the United States for awhile, or aim to start a new life in America.

Lynne Sladky / AP

Floridians prepared for the worst as they monitored Category 5 Hurricane Dorian parked over the Bahamas around Labor Day. The islands suffered from 185 mph winds and more than 20 feet of storm surges in some areas — leaving hundreds of thousands Bahamians in devastation.

“This could’ve been us,” said Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, in a Tuesday news conference, alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Unfortunately that miracle for us came at the expense of our Bahamian brothers and sisters.”

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

On the Monday, Sept. 9 episode of Sundial:

In the Bahamas

The death toll in the Bahamas stands at 44 and it’s expected to increase.

NOAA GOES satellite imagery

Hurricane Dorian spared South Florida from the worst of the winds, rain and storm surge. There were no mass evacuations. Power outages were few. But there was plenty of anxiety.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

For many people, preparing for a hurricane often means making a decision about whether to evacuate or stay and ride out the storm.

Associated Press

On the Thursday, Aug. 29 episode of Sundial:

Hurricane Dorian

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

On the Aug. 26, 2019 episode of Sundial:

Hollywood Nursing Home Arrests

Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald

The Melreese golf course that could house David Beckham's soccer stadium will reopen, according to the City of Miami.

Miami Herald archives

It’s been a tough summer for South Florida beaches, which have faced hot weather, seaweed and high bacteria levels.

C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD

After the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, safety is at the top of a lot of people’s minds – especially in schools.

Monorail system
Courtesy of Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) / WLRN

Brightline and Tri-Rail take South Floridians across the region. Now a monorail plan is in the works.

Broward and Miami-Dade County transit officials are proposing a single track that would run along Northwest 27th Avenue in Miami — connecting the Hard Rock Stadium up to an area of college campuses in Broward. A penny sales tax that Broward voters approved last November would, in part, fund the project.

Sammy Mack / WLRN News

The University of Miami is leading a national study of aging people with HIV. Researchers will explore the impacts of non-infectious conditions, such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, on both women and men with HIV.

PEDRO PORTAL / MIAMI HERALD

The U.S. is a step closer to granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans.

MIAMI HERALD

The city of South Miami and several other nonprofits, including the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth, have launched the first legal challenge to the new state law that bans so-called sanctuary cities in Florida.

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