Johnny Edwards

Reporter

Johnny Edwards is a member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigative team, focusing on the private sector and state and federal regulation. He previously worked in Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and covered the invasion of Iraq as an embedded reporter.  At the AJC, Edwards’ investigation exposed how several elected officials used their discretionary budgets for personal benefit, triggering an FBI investigation that resulted in criminal charges against a county commissioner and three other people.  He recently served on the team behind the AJC’s Doctors & Sex Abuse project, a Pulitzer finalist, and produced a related podcast series.

Latest from Johnny Edwards

Lack of medical records stymies state’s case against Children’s Healthcare pediatrician
 More than 30 women came forward about Dr. Jose Rios, telling police that the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatrician groped and humiliated them, sometimes in full view of their children.  But more than two years after Rios’ arrest, DeKalb County prosecutors say they still can’t start a trial in the case because...

Posted: 6 days ago

More than 30 women came forward about Dr. Jose Rios, telling police that the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta pediatrician groped and humiliated them, sometimes in full view of their children.  But more than two years after Rios’ arrest, DeKalb County prosecutors say they still can’t start a trial in the case because...
Children's Healthcare clinic
Two years ago, more than two dozen women came forward accusing pediatrician Jose Rios, who worked at this neighborhood clinic on Buford Highway, of sexually abusing them. JOHNNY EDWARDS / JREDWARDS@AJC.COM

Posted: 7 days ago

Two years ago, more than two dozen women came forward accusing pediatrician Jose Rios, who worked at this neighborhood clinic on Buford Highway, of sexually abusing them. JOHNNY EDWARDS / JREDWARDS@AJC.COM
Governor’s office silent on how board pick was vetted
 The accusations in the media and in lawsuits were shocking: Needlessly drilling into baby teeth. Filling children’s mouths with stainless-steel crowns they didn’t need. Strapping patients down on boards, so their writhing wouldn’t interfere with the pace of work — all so the company could soak up as many Medicaid dollars...

Posted: 10 days ago

The accusations in the media and in lawsuits were shocking: Needlessly drilling into baby teeth. Filling children’s mouths with stainless-steel crowns they didn’t need. Strapping patients down on boards, so their writhing wouldn’t interfere with the pace of work — all so the company could soak up as many Medicaid dollars...
High-tech sex toys record users' erotic habits, Georgia woman claims
 A Georgia woman trying to spice things up in the bedroom claims she's instead found herself in a sexual-techno nightmare, all because she bought a sex toy called Lush that secretly records intimate details about users' tastes and desires. Her lawsuit filed Wednesday in San Francisco reads like the plot of a "Black Mirror" episode...

Posted: 18 days ago

A Georgia woman trying to spice things up in the bedroom claims she's instead found herself in a sexual-techno nightmare, all because she bought a sex toy called Lush that secretly records intimate details about users' tastes and desires. Her lawsuit filed Wednesday in San Francisco reads like the plot of a "Black Mirror" episode...
For total power loss, airport says it has a plan, but it doesn't *have* the plan
 It's official. The plan for a total power outage that Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport insisted it had prior to December's 11-hour blackout is not in the airport's possession. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked to see it, under the state's open records act, after an airport news release said the plan was contained...

Posted: 17 days ago

It's official. The plan for a total power outage that Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport insisted it had prior to December's 11-hour blackout is not in the airport's possession. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked to see it, under the state's open records act, after an airport news release said the plan was contained...
Amid Medicaid fraud case, GA put accused dentist on a regulatory panel
 "The fox guards the henhouse" in Georgia. That’s how a critic sees the appointment of a top officer of a Marietta-based company to a state disciplinary board. In 2016, Gov. Nathan Deal put Dale G. Mayfield on the Georgia Board of Dentistry, where he helped make decisions about licensing, sanctioning and regulating fellow dentists...

Posted: 24 days ago

"The fox guards the henhouse" in Georgia. That’s how a critic sees the appointment of a top officer of a Marietta-based company to a state disciplinary board. In 2016, Gov. Nathan Deal put Dale G. Mayfield on the Georgia Board of Dentistry, where he helped make decisions about licensing, sanctioning and regulating fellow dentists...
Governor forces dentist off state regulatory board
 For years, his company has been under fire over allegations its dentists performed painful, unnecessary work on children in a scheme to bilk Medicaid. Yet Kool Smiles’ chief dental officer, Dale G. Mayfield, since 2016 had a say in how dentists were being licensed and regulated all over Georgia. Then Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal asked...

Posted: 26 days ago

For years, his company has been under fire over allegations its dentists performed painful, unnecessary work on children in a scheme to bilk Medicaid. Yet Kool Smiles’ chief dental officer, Dale G. Mayfield, since 2016 had a say in how dentists were being licensed and regulated all over Georgia. Then Tuesday, Gov. Nathan Deal asked...