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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The Miami Beach Convention Center will soon become a temporary 450-bed field hospital for a potential surge of coronavirus patients.

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

Many businesses have closed to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Local governments and the state are allowing some essential services to remain open. That includes grocery stores, pharmacies and other places needed to keep cities and towns running.

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As South Florida remains the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he’s issuing an executive order to unify the region’s response.

Alexia Fodere / Miami Herald

The coronavirus pandemic has forced closures of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concert halls and theaters -- the places that would've taken up our weekends.

Ted S. Warren / AP

South Florida is a coronavirus hotspot in the state. The majority of confirmed cases in Florida are in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Joan Marcus

The coronavirus has upended daily life, shutting down most large events and public spaces, including the theater.

Broadway singer Laura Benanti, who's known for her Tony-award winning role in the 2008 revival of "Gypsy," recently tweeted about the impact the closures would have on high school students, many of whom had planned to perform upcoming musicals.

"As I know for so many of us, I know for me, my high school musical was like a life saver,” she said on Twitter.

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While the state was urging social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, spring break crowds descended on parts of South Florida over the weekend.

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Rick’s Bar in Key West was in full force Saturday night, for example.

Ted S. Warren / AP

UPDATE: FoundCare announced Tuesday that it is no longer taking appointments for its COVID-19 drive-through testing site. The CEO Yolette Bonnet said in a statement that the nonprofit received Monday more than 6,000 calls for appointments. FoundCare says it is booked until April 10, and more testing appointments cannot be scheduled until it receives additional testing kits.

FoundCare, a nonprofit federally qualified health center, is setting up a drive-through testing site for COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, starting Monday, March 16 at 10 a.m.

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, who became one of the first U.S. elected officials to test positive for the new coronavirus, is trying to reassure people about the experience.

"I want them to see what it's like because I know there's a lot of fear and anxiety," he said Friday on The South Florida Roundup.

Suarez has been live-blogging his COVID-19 experience daily. As of Sunday, it's been three days since he was diagnosed with the illness.

OCTAVIO JONES / AP

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday that the Trump administration should consider domestic flights in the ongoing effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Florida, where dozens of cases have been discovered.

Andre Penner / AP via Miami Herald

Coronavirus cases continue growing across South Florida.  More were found in Broward County. The first few cases were also recently confirmed in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

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Florida health officials are continuing to monitor the spread of coronavirus. According to the Florida Department of Health, 264 people are currently under public health monitoring, which means they are at risk of having been exposed to COVID-19. 

There have been several cases in the state of Florida that have tested positive for the virus so far.

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Florida is now trying to reduce the spread of COVID-19 —the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The CDC confirmed Monday two positive cases in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis directed the surgeon general to declare a public health emergency.  

WLRN's Alexander Gonzalez got the latest from Health News Florida editor Julio Ochoa.

Matt Rourke / AP

For many folks in South Florida and across the country, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' comments about Cuba touched a raw nerve. 
During a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, Sanders praised the education and health care programs of Fidel Castro, while saying he is "very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba." 

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