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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.

NU Board of Regents gives green light to innovation hub at UNMC campus

By: - September 30, 2022

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents on Friday approved the plan to build an innovation hub on a tract that extends the University of Nebraska Medical Center west of  Saddle Creek Road in Omaha. UNMC owns the land and also will own part of the private-public venture, called the Catalyst, that will rise on […]

Rent aid program covering the bulk of Nebraska hits a snag as it sunsets

By: - September 30, 2022

OMAHA — Tanya Gifford of Lift Up Sarpy County was thrilled this summer to learn that her nonprofit was awarded $1 million to help ward off homelessness in a community still pained by the pandemic. But her cheer, and that of about 50 other nonprofits across Nebraska, was short-lived. State officials informed the bunch last […]

Omaha Creighton University names new student dorm Graves Hall, after alumnus

By: - September 30, 2022

OMAHA — Creighton University’s new $37 million student housing project, set to open in fall of 2023, is the first built exclusively for first-year students since the 1960s and the first on campus since 2006. Creighton officials on Friday announced the name of the 400-student project: Graves Hall. The namesake is Lee C. Graves, undergraduate […]

‘Tenemos derechos’ and other public messaging welcomes immigrant Nebraskans

By: - September 29, 2022

OMAHA — Drivers cruising through Fremont, Grand Island, Lexington and South Omaha will notice billboards aimed at telling Nebraska’s immigrant populations: All of us have rights and all of us belong. The messages are part of a newly launched campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska.  Billboards will be displayed through this year […]

Months in the making, Omaha’s housing affordability plan is ready for scrutiny

By: - September 28, 2022

OMAHA — Private developers seeking the sometimes controversial public subsidy called tax-increment financing soon could be required to replace each affordable housing unit destroyed while building their new project. They also might see a new mandate that TIF residential projects include a certain percentage of affordable housing units. Those TIF-related changes are among numerous policy […]

Plug pulled on multimillion-dollar “Intersections” project for South Omaha

By: - September 28, 2022

OMAHA — Developers have scrapped an ambitious plan that had aimed to turn a largely industrial 25-acre tract south of downtown into a multimillion-dollar wellness and sports complex.  A spokesman for Community Health Development Partners told the Nebraska Examiner that there’s a chance the “Intersections” campus could move on, perhaps in some smaller form, elsewhere […]

NU Regents to vote on innovation hub project that expands UNMC campus

By: - September 26, 2022

OMAHA — A favorable vote this Friday would trigger full-throated transformation of an old steel mill operation into the Catalyst, a $60 million entrepreneurial tech hub meant to expand the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus.  Various enterprises are to be housed at the retrofitted, enlarged and infilled structure west of Saddle Creek Road, including […]

Nebraska’s education commissioner announces his resignation

By: - September 23, 2022

After nine years as commissioner of the Nebraska Department of Education, Matthew Blomstedt on Friday announced he is resigning. He said he’ll step down Jan. 3 and pledged help in a transition. The elected State Board of Education is charged with choosing Blomstedt’s successor. “I am looking forward to opportunities to continue my leadership in […]

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Nebraska names new slate of vendors to handle Medicaid starting in 2024

By: - September 23, 2022

OMAHA — In a process that’s seen more than typical scrutiny, Nebraska administrators on Friday announced their selection of three vendors to handle the state’s Medicaid managed care program starting in 2024. The services now cost the state nearly $3 billion a year. For the new five-year period, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services […]

$9 million federal award to UNMC center to beef up ag safety and health

By: - September 23, 2022

OMAHA — A $9 million national award to the University of Nebraska Medical Center will help beef up regional efforts ranging from safety training for bison workers to studying dust-induced lung injury. The funds go to the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at UNMC’s College of Public Health. Though headquartered in […]

Young STEM prodigy from western Nebraska moves up in national contest

By: - September 23, 2022

A teen from Grant, Nebraska, has been recognized as one of the country’s most promising STEM middle schoolers — named this week as a contest finalist headed to Washington D.C., to compete for roughly $100,000 in awards. Cooper Kroeker, now 15, is among 30 youths (and the only Nebraskan) selected from 1,807 applicants in the […]

Golden year for state-funded UNO Goodrich Scholarship Program

By: - September 22, 2022

OMAHA — Marty Martinez recalls darting off the city bus with his shaggy hair, bell-bottoms and pointed-collar shirt, to get to his first humanities class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was 18 at the time, a fresh graduate of South High’s Class of 1972. His hometown was still reeling from recent race […]