Brad Schrade

Brad Schrade is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on the AJC’s investigative team. He is an Atlanta native and a graduate of the University of Georgia with more than 20 years of experience as a journalist. Brad has written extensively about police misconduct, abuse of aged and vulnerable citizens, and government accountability. A series he did with Channel 2 Action News detailing police shootings across Georgia led to legislative reform of the state’s grand jury system in 2016. Previously, he worked as an investigative reporter and editor for The Tennessean in Nashville. Brad was on a team at the Minneapolis Star Tribune awarded the 2013 Pulitzer in local reporting for a series on safety failures that harmed children in Minnesota’s daycare system. Brad welcomes news tips and comments from readers. He can be reached by phone at 404-526-2875 or by email at brad.schrade@ajc.com. You can follow him on Twitter @bradschrade and on his Facebook page.

Latest from Brad Schrade

Shutdown derails CDC panel on poisoned vets
 Tara Craver had packed her suitcase in the back of her black pickup truck on Sunday, ready for her 10-hour trip from South Florida to the VA offices in Atlanta, but the government shutdown foiled her plan. Craver has been on a mission to help Marines poisoned by toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A community meeting on the issue was...

Posted: a day ago

Tara Craver had packed her suitcase in the back of her black pickup truck on Sunday, ready for her 10-hour trip from South Florida to the VA offices in Atlanta, but the government shutdown foiled her plan. Craver has been on a mission to help Marines poisoned by toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A community meeting on the issue was...
Police fatally shoot 30 Georgians in 2017; read the cases
 Police in Georgia fatally shot 30 people in 2017, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis. The complete list of shootings is now available in the AJC’s online database. The database represents the most comprehensive accounting of the 243 fatal police shootings across the state over the past eight years. The list...

Posted: 11 days ago

Police in Georgia fatally shot 30 people in 2017, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis. The complete list of shootings is now available in the AJC’s online database. The database represents the most comprehensive accounting of the 243 fatal police shootings across the state over the past eight years. The list...
Georgia policing: mental illness looms large in fatal shootings
 Mental illness played a role in a third of the 30 fatal police shootings in Georgia in 2017, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis, a finding that comes as law enforcement leaders are grappling with how to lower the number of violent encounters with the public. Last year, the cases included: — A South Georgia father...

Posted: 16 days ago

Mental illness played a role in a third of the 30 fatal police shootings in Georgia in 2017, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis, a finding that comes as law enforcement leaders are grappling with how to lower the number of violent encounters with the public. Last year, the cases included: — A South Georgia father...
KKK linked to notorious Georgia lynching
 For decades, many speculated the Ku Klux Klan played a part in the unsolved 1946 mob lynching of two young Georgia couples at Moore’s Ford bridge in Walton County, and now documents reviewed by the AJC give credence to that theory. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation re-opened the cold case 17 years ago and buried in the agency&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

For decades, many speculated the Ku Klux Klan played a part in the unsolved 1946 mob lynching of two young Georgia couples at Moore’s Ford bridge in Walton County, and now documents reviewed by the AJC give credence to that theory. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation re-opened the cold case 17 years ago and buried in the agency&rsquo...
Moore’s Ford lynching: years-long probe yields suspects — but no justice
 The nightmares hardly come anymore. The barrage of gunshots no longer haunt his thoughts. Still, Clinton Adams has never fully escaped the horror he says he witnessed 71 years ago near a remote, wooden bridge that crossed the Apalachee River in rural Walton County. He’s been called a liar for what he says he saw near the riverbank as...

Posted: 24 days ago

The nightmares hardly come anymore. The barrage of gunshots no longer haunt his thoughts. Still, Clinton Adams has never fully escaped the horror he says he witnessed 71 years ago near a remote, wooden bridge that crossed the Apalachee River in rural Walton County. He’s been called a liar for what he says he saw near the riverbank as...
Probes of Moore’s Ford lynching end with no charges, AJC learns
 A decades-long effort to identify and prosecute members of the Georgia lynch mob who shot and killed two black couples in what became the nation’s last mass lynching has come to an end without anyone held accountable, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is preparing to officially close ...

Posted: 25 days ago

A decades-long effort to identify and prosecute members of the Georgia lynch mob who shot and killed two black couples in what became the nation’s last mass lynching has come to an end without anyone held accountable, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is preparing to officially close ...
Ga. sheriff in school search case faces new charges of obstruction
 Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby faces new charges this week related to the bizarre case where he ordered his deputies to carry out a massive drug search that violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of high school students in south Georgia. The new charges filed Monday come two months after a Worth County grand jury indicted the...

4:18 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby faces new charges this week related to the bizarre case where he ordered his deputies to carry out a massive drug search that violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of high school students in south Georgia. The new charges filed Monday come two months after a Worth County grand jury indicted the...
Early voting begins Monday in runoff races
 Early voting in local and state runoffs begins Monday, including races for Atlanta mayor and council seats, the Fulton County Commission chairmanship and a series of legislative races and municipal elections across the metro area. Early voting runs daily though Friday before the races conclude with the runoffs on Tuesday, Dec. 5. There will...

11:19 PM Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

Early voting in local and state runoffs begins Monday, including races for Atlanta mayor and council seats, the Fulton County Commission chairmanship and a series of legislative races and municipal elections across the metro area. Early voting runs daily though Friday before the races conclude with the runoffs on Tuesday, Dec. 5. There will...
Ga. students subjected to invasive body searches to share $3M payout
 A southwest Georgia sheriff’s order to conduct an invasive drug search of hundreds of students at Worth County High School will cost $3 million under a proposed settlement announced Tuesday in a federal civil rights lawsuit. The settlement will go to approximately 850 students who were at the school on April 14 and subjected to...

9:28 PM Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

A southwest Georgia sheriff’s order to conduct an invasive drug search of hundreds of students at Worth County High School will cost $3 million under a proposed settlement announced Tuesday in a federal civil rights lawsuit. The settlement will go to approximately 850 students who were at the school on April 14 and subjected to...
$3 million settlement in Ga. school search lawsuit
 A southwest Georgia sheriff’s order to conduct a massive, invasive drug search of hundreds of students at Worth County High School will cost the county $3 million under a proposed settlement announced Tuesday in a federal civil rights lawsuit. “The students’ voices have been heard,” said Crystal Redd, an attorney...

3:58 PM Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

A southwest Georgia sheriff’s order to conduct a massive, invasive drug search of hundreds of students at Worth County High School will cost the county $3 million under a proposed settlement announced Tuesday in a federal civil rights lawsuit. “The students’ voices have been heard,” said Crystal Redd, an attorney...
Gov. Deal suspends indicted sheriff behind controversial school search
 Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday suspended a south Georgia sheriff who made national headlines earlier this year when he ordered invasive body searches of hundreds of high school students in a bizarre drug search gone awry. Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby was temporarily removed from office pending the outcome of the criminal case against...

11:37 PM Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday suspended a south Georgia sheriff who made national headlines earlier this year when he ordered invasive body searches of hundreds of high school students in a bizarre drug search gone awry. Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby was temporarily removed from office pending the outcome of the criminal case against...