Alexander Gonzalez

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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The race for Miami-Dade County’s next mayor is among the contests that voters will decide as Election Day approaches on Aug. 18.

On Friday, WLRN and the Miami Herald hosted a mayoral forum organized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce – called Driving Dade County’s Future. We heard from four of the candidates: Miami-Dade Commissioners Esteban Bovo, Jr., Daniella Levine Cava and Xavier Suarez, along with Alex Penelas, a former Miami-Dade County mayor.

Wilfredo Lee / AP

Isaias is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds to South Florida this weekend.

Palm Beach County, which could feel hurricane-force winds, has opened a number of shelters ahead of the storm.

Irma flooding
Miami Herald archives

South Florida is bracing for the impacts of Hurricane Isaias this weekend.

In its latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Boca Raton up to the Volusia-Brevard County line. A hurricane warning is in effect south of Boca Raton up to Hallandale Beach, as of 5 p.m. Friday.

AP

It’s been a tough week for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Cases of coronavirus are soaring in the state. DeSantis maintains his administration is following the correct path in fighting the coronavirus.

LYNNE SLADKY / AP

An extra unemployment payment from the federal government is set to expire next week.

Out-of-work Americans have been receiving an extra $600 per week to help offset the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

MARK LENNIHAN / AP

Doctors are warning that Miami is turning into the latest coronavirus epicenter in the country.

New York faced a similar challenge not too long ago. The city went into a lockdown as a surge of patients strained the hospital system.

Wilfredo Lee / AP

Florida has reached a critical period as it faces the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health officials have recorded several days of record deaths. Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties make up about half the cases of the coronavirus in the state.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The issue of wearing masks came up again this week as South Florida cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.

During back-to-back news conferences earlier this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis met with local leaders. They stressed the point that it’s our responsibility to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and follow other coronavirus guidelines.

LYNNE SLADKY / AP

South Florida is seeing an alarming increase in coronavirus cases. Hospitalizations and deaths are also on the rise.

Joey Flechas / Miami Herald

Hotels and other hospitality businesses are facing a different Fourth of July this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 cases keep spiking in South Florida and throughout the state. Local governments are instituting restrictions that will likely affect the worry-free vacations that folks would normally be expecting.

CHARLES TRAINOR JR / Miami Herald

South Florida officials are closing beaches for the July 4th holiday weekend as COVID-19 cases spike.

Here’s a rundown of closures for our area:

WLRN

More South Floridians are testing positive for COVID-19. The state reports higher percentages of positive tests over the past few days — hovering around 10 percent and sometimes even higher.

Some local officials are concerned about the trends, but reopening continues.

HECTOR GABINO / EL NUEVO HERALD

Florida continues to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases. About half of known cases are coming from South Florida — Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Gerard Albert III / WLRN

Protesters and advocates are calling for major criminal justice reforms in response to the deaths of many black Americans by police — including the recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

Gerard Albert III / WLRN

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has spurred protests around the world.

In South Florida, demonstrations sparked by his death, police violence and systemic racism are happening across the region. Both in bigger metropolitan cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale and smaller ones, too. 

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