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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Justin Namon / For ArtBurstMiami.com

“American Son” by South Florida playwright Christopher Demos-Brown is set in Miami. An interracial couple spend a tense night waiting for police to give them news of their son.

The play, which deals with race and police brutality, had a successful 2018-19 run on Broadway and was made into a Netflix film later last year. Zoetic Stage has now brought "American Son" home to the Adrienne Arsht Center, where it runs until Sunday.

C.M. GUERRERO / Miami Herald

Public high schools in South Florida start before 8 a.m. — they have for years. But research finds a later beginning is better for teenagers and their sleep cycle.

Miami-Dade schools are considering changing school start times and having the first bell ring later at high schools.

 

Miami Herald

Among the news that will likely dominate headlines in 2020 is the upcoming presidential election — and ever the swing state, Florida typically plays a crucial role on Election Day.

Voters will first cast their ballots in March during the presidential primary. Several Democratic candidates began rallying in South Florida last year — especially during the first debate held in Miami.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The late astrologer Walter Mercado eased many of us into the New Year. His annual predictions were typically messages of hope and, of course, mucho, mucho amor.

NOAA

Hurricane Dorian stands out as one of the biggest news stories of 2019.

The ominous Category 5 storm threatened South Florida for days. While the region escaped its destruction, the storm stalled over the northern Bahamas, scouring the islands with high winds and storm surge.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

Congress has passed two spending bills to fund the federal government. President Donald Trump is expected to sign them, avoiding a shutdown.

One provision in those bills is a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. With the president's approval, the program will be extended through Sept. 30, 2020.

Nikolas Cruz
Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool / WLRN

The next hearing in the case of the confessed Parkland shooter is scheduled for Thursday.

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer is expected to consider a defense motion to delay the trial of Nikolas Cruz, who faces 17 charges of first degree murder and 17 charges of attempted murder for the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The trial is currently slated to begin with jury selection on Jan. 27.

Michal Kranz / WLRN

Federal and state officials are trying to strike a balance between conservation and public access to South Florida waters.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed Thursday to back tighter fishing limits in Biscayne National Park, where fish populations have dwindled.

Steve Rothaus/Miami Herald

New sea level rise projections for South Florida show an alarming trend: higher waters are coming faster than previously expected.

According to the Southeast Florida Climate Compact, seas could rise between one foot and two-and-a-half feet by 2060 – two to five inches more than 2015 projections.

Video Screenshot / Sun Sentinel

Nine protesters calling for immigrant rights were arrested Tuesday in Boca Raton.

They were rallying outside the headquarters of Geo Group, one of the largest operators of private, for-profit prisons and immigration detention centers in the country.

LA Johnson / NPR

The Thanksgiving table sometimes serves as a therapeutic forum for airing personal and political grievances.

This year, South Florida families will have a lot of fodder: the upcoming 2020 presidential election; the threat of rising seas; and even football, namely a historic recent win by Florida International University against the University of Miami Hurricanes.

WLRN wants to hear from you. What topics are you bringing up on Turkey Day?

Courtesy Mark Hedden

On the Nov. 25 episode of Sundial:

Cockfighting in Puerto Rico

Cockfighting has been a tradition in Puerto Rico for hundreds of years. Now that practice is reaching its final days. Last December, Congress passed a bill ending the practice in U.S. territories. The ban takes effect Dec. 20.

Patricia Mazzei, Miami bureau chief for the New York Times, traveled to the island to report on how people are responding to the controversial sport’s final days.

Associated Press

Around this time last year, the political sphere zeroed in on Broward County, which was dealing with a crucial recount in a couple of statewide races. The office has recently dealt with another blunder, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. More than 50,000 voters received a “final notice” mailer that threatened to designate them inactive voters. 

CHARLES COATES / GETTY IMAGES

It’s going to take more time before Miami-Dade County starts to sound like Monaco.

County lawmakers will continue to debate the possibility of holding a Formula 1 race at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. At a packed meeting Tuesday, commissioners failed to override a veto by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

 

He issued one on Nov. 8 against a resolution passed on Oct. 29 that would’ve made it harder to hold the race at the proposed stadium site.

CHARLES COATES / GETTY IMAGES

Formula One wants to hold races at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Under the plan, the first race would be held in 2021 and every year after that for a decade.

Some officials, like Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan, have been fighting the proposal. She represents that area and has proposed a resolution that would make it harder to bring the races to the stadium.

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