Cindy Gonzalez

Cindy Gonzalez

Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics.

No interruption for now to DHHS services for Nebraska ‘Women, Infants and Children’ program

By: - September 29, 2023

LINCOLN — Nebraska families receiving benefits from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program should not be affected by the pending federal government shutdown, at least not for now, the state Department of Health and Human Services said Friday.  In Nebraska, WIC each month provides healthy food, breastfeeding support, nutrition information and referrals to about […]

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine open hub to help North Omahans reduce health disparities

By: - September 27, 2023

OMAHA — Shanda Ross recalls sitting on her porch stoop as a kid, surrounded by a maze of North Omaha public housing units where violence and social ills had become all too familiar. That landscape near 30th and Lake Streets has since shifted dramatically, with a big church having risen on Ross’ old stomping grounds […]

Platte Institute awards microgrants to Nebraska groups that help integrate former inmates into workforce

By: - September 26, 2023

OMAHA — Six Nebraska organizations that help former inmates tap into jobs and progress in their communities have been awarded “microgrants” from the Platte Institute. The nonprofit Institute said the funds are rooted in its mission to remove barriers to growth and opportunity, especially in workforce development. CEO Jim Vokal said the grants underscore what […]

Nebraska center that’s boosted budding businesses for nearly half century gets new leader

By: - September 25, 2023

OMAHA — A rural Nebraska couple who started out selling barn kits have grown a national company that today is helping to build Omaha’s first modern mass timber commercial structure. The Timberlyne Group’s custom wood products also are reflected in places ranging from an event barn at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna to the practice […]

$1.1 million federal grant to revive neglected Omaha park is linked to new affordable housing

By: - September 22, 2023

OMAHA — A $1.1 million federal grant announced Friday will help resurrect a long-neglected North Omaha park and mesh with a $25 million affordable housing development rising nearby. Myott Park, near 52nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, is to expand and be revived with a new amphitheater, picnic pavilions, walking and cycling trails and courts for […]

Nebraska monthly unemployment rate remains the same, while the nation’s rises

By: - September 19, 2023

LINCOLN — While the nation’s unemployment rate inched up, Nebraska’s remained the same in August compared to the month before, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by state and federal labor officials. Nebraska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2% for August compares to the U.S. average of 3.8%, which is an increase from the previous […]

‘Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska’ contest is down to final two

By: - September 19, 2023

LINCOLN — The contest to name this year’s “Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska” is in its final stretch, down to a drone-based firefighting system or a wheelchair that gets around in tough terrain. One hails from Lincoln, the other from  Columbus. Public voting in the bracket-style tournament will be open through the end of Sept. […]

State watchdog report points out concerns, strides in Nebraska child welfare system

By: - September 18, 2023

LINCOLN — A government watchdog this year wrapped up investigations into the deaths or serious injury of five youths who in some way were under the State of Nebraska’s eye  — including a toddler who became severely sick from eating cannabis.  Results of the probes, along with recommendations, were part of the annual report from […]

Nebraska mom/felon takes personal message to Capitol Hill, seeking shift in food aid eligibility

By: - September 16, 2023

LINCOLN — Kayla Tobey — a Lincoln mom, college student and drug felon — stepped out of her comfort zone and onto Capitol Hill this week to try to convince federal officials to make a change she and others haven’t had luck doing on the state level. “Here I am, a small-town Nebraska girl in […]

Final four announced in ‘Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska’ contest

By: - September 13, 2023

LINCOLN — Four contenders remain standing in the “Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska” competition, designed as a fun way to perk up and draw more attention to the state’s manufacturing industry. Public voting for the semifinalists announced this week in the bracket-style tournament will go on through the end of Sunday, Sept. 17 at […]

Service of former Douglas County commissioner, lobbyist and Zesto fan Mike Kelley spans decades

By: - September 12, 2023

OMAHA — From soft-serve Zesto ice cream stands to the hard-charging halls of Nebraska’s State Capitol, Mike Kelley for the past half-century helped shape the civic and political landscape of his home state. A graduate of Creighton University’s law school, Kelley in his earlier years ran the popular Clancy’s Pub, one of several businesses he […]

Effort to shift City of Omaha funds to minority business development fizzles, for now

By: - September 12, 2023

OMAHA — Inspired by the number of North Omaha merchants seeking State of Nebraska grants to rev up business, City Councilwoman Juanita Johnson on Tuesday asked the City Council to commit $1 million for a city effort. The request got no traction from fellow council members, who said it came too late in the city […]