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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. She has won awards from organizations including Great Plains Journalism, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the Associated Press. Cindy has been recognized by various nonprofits for community contributions and diversity efforts. She chairs the board that oversees the local university’s student newspaper.

Prosperity index: Nebraska ranked No. 11 among states

By: - November 22, 2022

OMAHA — Nebraska ranked 11th among the states for overall prosperity in a newly released report, scoring low in certain areas such as its natural environment but making up ground in others including health and employment. Behind the findings are partnering organizations, the Legatum Institute and the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream. The […]

Big lake proposal

Home builders group eager for Nebraska to dig 4,000-acre recreation lake

By: - November 21, 2022

OMAHA — The thought of a $1.83 billion economic impact and plenty of real estate development potential has local builders eager to push the idea of a 4,000-acre recreational lake in Nebraska. After a state senator provided a progress report, members of the Metro Omaha Builders Association told the Nebraska Examiner they stand ready to […]

Public buses wrapped in love and koi fish, the work of young Omaha area artists

By: - November 18, 2022

OMAHA — Soon to be rolling through the streets of the metro area: Buses wrapped in love and koi fish. The winning entries for the “Wheel Appeal” student contest were announced Friday by Metro, the regional public transit system that covers the Omaha metro area. And the two young victors, Cecilia Urbanski of Omaha and […]

Nebraska labor update: Unemployment rate ticks up; nonfarm workforce hits new record

By: - November 18, 2022

Nebraska labor officials on Friday reported a bright spot in the workforce: Nonfarm employment in the Husker state has reached a new high. “Total nonfarm employment reached a record high of 1,044,832 in October,” said Labor Commissioner John Albin. “That’s over 2,000 more filled jobs than the prior high reached in June of this year.” […]

Front Porch team awards funds to 14 Omaha housing programs, projects

By: - November 18, 2022

OMAHA — The winners of about $11 million in housing-related loans and grants were announced Thursday, and in part should spark the creation of up to 645 affordable dwellings in the city. The awards come mostly from American Rescue Plan Act funds that the City of Omaha previously directed to nonprofit Front Porch Investments. Front […]

Omaha group poised for role in helping asylum-seekers crowding southern U.S. border

By: - November 17, 2022

OMAHA — A team of Omahans is preparing to offer temporary refuge to a busload of asylum-seeking migrants crossing the Texas border at a rate that has overwhelmed shelters and has had some sleeping on the streets. Calling it a humanitarian outreach, the local volunteers have formed a nonprofit organization and dubbed their effort Omaha […]

A ‘golden’ year ushers in new leadership for Nebraska’s Latino commission

By: - November 15, 2022

As it marks 50 years of advocating for Nebraska’s Latino population, a state commission has announced another milestone. Following a nearly yearlong search, the Commission on Latino-Americans named Maria Arriaga as the new executive director of the agency that is to serve as a link between state government and area Hispanics. Arriaga, a native of […]

Hammering out details of Nebraska’s Voter ID law won’t be easy, lawmaker says

By: - November 14, 2022

LINCOLN — Now that the Nebraska Constitution is going to be amended to require valid photo identification to vote, the Legislature is tasked with hammering out details of the actual Voter ID law. And it’s poised to be among the nation’s strictest.  “There’s a lot of different, possible versions of what can come out of […]

Business survey: Remote working in Nebraska may be leveling off

By: - November 11, 2022

OMAHA — While remote workers have multiplied since the pandemic hit, a new survey of Nebraska businesses signals that the trend locally might have leveled off. “Remote working has grown, but managers don’t expect it will grow further in the next year,” said economist Eric Thompson, who led the study. “The flip side is they […]

$66 million headed to support Nebraska child care workers with stipends, student loan aid

By: - November 11, 2022

OMAHA — In an effort to build up Nebraska’s child care workforce, the state is preparing to distribute $66 million in incentives that include worker stipends and student loan repayments. The funds target providers and employees and are expected to expand access to quality child care. Applications for the dollars will be accepted starting in […]

A $2.9 million gift is jaw-dropper for Urban League president

By: - November 10, 2022

OMAHA — When Wayne Brown got the $2.9 million phone call a few weeks ago, you might say he was a bit floored. “My jaw was on the ground,” said the relatively new chief executive of the Urban League of Nebraska. “I mean, this doesn’t happen. It just doesn’t happen, right?” Neither he nor his […]

Bacon tops Vargas, brings home 2nd District U.S. House win for fourth time

By: and - November 9, 2022

OMAHA — U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., won a fourth term in Congress Tuesday serving the Omaha area. As of early Wednesday, he led State Sen. Tony Vargas by 4 percentage points in Nebraska’s most competitive congressional district.  Bacon overcame voter anger over the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade by focusing on inflation […]