Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Federal prosecutors say Atlanta bribery figure deserves leniency
 The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think...

Posted: 8 days ago

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think...
Key Atlanta bribery figure secretly recorded conversations
 Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim...

Posted: 8 days ago

Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim...
Atlanta pension boards sue city over merger
 The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards. Boards for police officers and general employees sued the city, former Mayor Kasim Reed and newly minted mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last week for pushing through a consolidation, which was approved by city council on Dec. 13. The pension...

Posted: 16 days ago

The new year has brought a civil war between the city of Atlanta and two of its three pension boards. Boards for police officers and general employees sued the city, former Mayor Kasim Reed and newly minted mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms last week for pushing through a consolidation, which was approved by city council on Dec. 13. The pension...
HIV/AIDS council members fired by Trump; 2 Atlantans among them
 Two Atlantans were among the final 10 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who were fired en masse by the Trump administration Wednesday through a form letter delivered by FedEx. Patrick Sullivan, a professor and epidemiologist at Emory University, and Oliver Clyde Allen III, an author and pastor at The Vision Church of...

Posted: 21 days ago

Two Atlantans were among the final 10 members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who were fired en masse by the Trump administration Wednesday through a form letter delivered by FedEx. Patrick Sullivan, a professor and epidemiologist at Emory University, and Oliver Clyde Allen III, an author and pastor at The Vision Church of...
Change in Section 8 rule makes best neighborhoods more accessible
 An Obama-era program that begins Jan. 1 could help people across metro Atlanta who are dependent on subsidized housing move into safer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools. The Atlanta metro area is one of 23 across the country in which the so-called “small area fair market rents” rule must be adopted. That...

Posted: 21 days ago

An Obama-era program that begins Jan. 1 could help people across metro Atlanta who are dependent on subsidized housing move into safer neighborhoods and send their children to better schools. The Atlanta metro area is one of 23 across the country in which the so-called “small area fair market rents” rule must be adopted. That...
Flu season arrives early in Georgia and challenges flu vaccine
 This year’s flu season may be a real headache, in part because the vaccine contained in flu shots is much less effective against the most severe form of influenza — a strain known as H3N2, which has been dominant so far this season. Health care experts in Australia, which suffers through its flu season from June through August...

Posted: 23 days ago

This year’s flu season may be a real headache, in part because the vaccine contained in flu shots is much less effective against the most severe form of influenza — a strain known as H3N2, which has been dominant so far this season. Health care experts in Australia, which suffers through its flu season from June through August...
Top 5 reasons you could win the Georgia lottery — but never see a dime
 Check the fine print. The lottery reserves the right to deny prizes based on a review of the ticket purchase, and since 2014 it’s done that 270 times for winners of scratch-off games of a $1,000 or more. Here are the top five reasons a winning ticket holder could be denied scratch-off prize money: 1. Trying to cash a ticket for...

12:59 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Check the fine print. The lottery reserves the right to deny prizes based on a review of the ticket purchase, and since 2014 it’s done that 270 times for winners of scratch-off games of a $1,000 or more. Here are the top five reasons a winning ticket holder could be denied scratch-off prize money: 1. Trying to cash a ticket for...
Ga. lottery denies millions in prizes to winners of scratch-off games
 The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 — the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners. The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could...

12:52 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The Georgia Lottery Commission has refused to pay more than $17.1 million in scratch-off game prizes since 2014 — the year lottery officials instituted a policy of investigating big-money winners. The lottery has issued 270 denial letters to winners of $1,000 or more in the past four years, citing a variety of suspicions that could...
No additional votes for Norwood in Atlanta mayoral runoff recount
 Even though a recount on Thursday produced no additional votes for Mary Norwood, the Atlanta mayoral candidate still challenged the outcome of the Dec. 5 runoff, citing votes from recently annexed parts of the city that she argues should not have been counted. “We will move on to the next step in the process,” she said. The...

12:11 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Even though a recount on Thursday produced no additional votes for Mary Norwood, the Atlanta mayoral candidate still challenged the outcome of the Dec. 5 runoff, citing votes from recently annexed parts of the city that she argues should not have been counted. “We will move on to the next step in the process,” she said. The...
Atlanta council votes to consolidate city pension boards
 After a threat of a lawsuit and a two-hour closed door meeting, the Atlanta City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that consolidates the city’s three pension boards and gives the mayor’s office substantially more power over more than $3 billion in investments. The decision came following months of debate and protests...

11:40 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

After a threat of a lawsuit and a two-hour closed door meeting, the Atlanta City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that consolidates the city’s three pension boards and gives the mayor’s office substantially more power over more than $3 billion in investments. The decision came following months of debate and protests...
Atlanta pension liability up $30M under new plan for officials, staff
 Atlanta City Council last week approved Mayor Kasim Reed’s proposal allowing up to 288 employees to buy back into the city’s defined benefits pension program — a move that could increase the pension system’s unfunded liability by up to $30 million. The Dec. 4 vote was one of two controversial pension board measures...

9:55 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Atlanta City Council last week approved Mayor Kasim Reed’s proposal allowing up to 288 employees to buy back into the city’s defined benefits pension program — a move that could increase the pension system’s unfunded liability by up to $30 million. The Dec. 4 vote was one of two controversial pension board measures...