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

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
New VA documentary includes Atlanta enrollment office problems
 A new PBS documentary that airs tonight examines problems with the VA health care system and includes mention of problems with the the national healthcare enrollment system
            that serves millions of veterans and is overseen by an office in Atlanta. The film, 
            
               VA: The Human Cost of War,
             which...

Posted: 12 days ago

A new PBS documentary that airs tonight examines problems with the VA health care system and includes mention of problems with the the national healthcare enrollment system that serves millions of veterans and is overseen by an office in Atlanta. The film, VA: The Human Cost of War, which...
Active shooter scare raises concerns: Is VA crisis center ready for its own crisis?
 When the VA launched the veterans crisis line call center 
            in Atlanta last December it was touted as a critical part of a national system that would answer thousands of calls from distressed and suicidal veterans every
            day. But in the rush to open the new center, VA executives seem to have overlooked an important facet...

Posted: 16 days ago

When the VA launched the veterans crisis line call center in Atlanta last December it was touted as a critical part of a national system that would answer thousands of calls from distressed and suicidal veterans every day. But in the rush to open the new center, VA executives seem to have overlooked an important facet...
Campus cops in Ga. get hired despite troubled records
 More than one in 10 college campus police in Georgia have been fired or forced to resign from a previous job, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found. The number of college officers with these checkered pasts is double the percentage of officers working at local county or municipal agencies. Roughly 13 percent of the 1,413...

Posted: 19 days ago

More than one in 10 college campus police in Georgia have been fired or forced to resign from a previous job, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found. The number of college officers with these checkered pasts is double the percentage of officers working at local county or municipal agencies. Roughly 13 percent of the 1,413...
More than one in 10 campus cops in Georgia have checkered records
 Over the course of his 17-year law enforcement career, Gioconda Lewis was fired or forced to resign from five agencies in Georgia. There was the time he allegedly drove a patrol car on a suspended license, another when he shot a suspect in violation of department policy, and later used government computers to send sexually charged emails...

Posted: 23 days ago

Over the course of his 17-year law enforcement career, Gioconda Lewis was fired or forced to resign from five agencies in Georgia. There was the time he allegedly drove a patrol car on a suspended license, another when he shot a suspect in violation of department policy, and later used government computers to send sexually charged emails...
Ga. chief urges police leaders to fight prejudice, reconcile wrongs
 A Georgia police chief who made an historic apology for his agency’s role in a lynching of a black man took the helm of the world’s largest law enforcement leadership organization on Tuesday and said the need to build trust with minority communities is the most urgent challenge facing modern police leaders. LaGrange Police Chief...

Posted: 24 days ago

A Georgia police chief who made an historic apology for his agency’s role in a lynching of a black man took the helm of the world’s largest law enforcement leadership organization on Tuesday and said the need to build trust with minority communities is the most urgent challenge facing modern police leaders. LaGrange Police Chief...
‘No probable cause’ to search students, DA tells Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal in high school case
 Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby failed to halt intrusive body searches of hundreds of high schools students even after one
            deputy expressed concerns about the search methods, according to a prosecutor’s letter outlining what the sheriff told GBI
            investigators. Hobby admitted to investigators that one of his female...

Posted: 25 days ago

Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby failed to halt intrusive body searches of hundreds of high schools students even after one deputy expressed concerns about the search methods, according to a prosecutor’s letter outlining what the sheriff told GBI investigators. Hobby admitted to investigators that one of his female...
Ga. Sheriff in massive drug search faces new trouble: his own son
 The teenage son of the southwest Georgia sheriff indicted for ordering a massive school-wide drug search has now run afoul
            with the law on a drug-related charge. The drug arrest of Zachary Lewis Hobby last week has renewed speculation that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s decision to
            search the entire local...

11:33 AM Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

The teenage son of the southwest Georgia sheriff indicted for ordering a massive school-wide drug search has now run afoul with the law on a drug-related charge. The drug arrest of Zachary Lewis Hobby last week has renewed speculation that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s decision to search the entire local...