Brad Schrade

Brad Schrade is a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for the AJC and a member of the AJC's watchdog team. Email him at bschrade@ajc.com.

Latest from Brad Schrade

Did Atlanta’s veterans crisis hotline fall short in its mission to help suicidal veterans?
 VA officials touted a crisis hotline center launched in Atlanta last December as a cornerstone of a renewed push to curb the
            problem of veteran suicide. More than 300 staff were hired and trained in Atlanta, and by April VA officials 
            testified before Congress about the crisis line’s success answering the needs...

Posted: 3 days ago

VA officials touted a crisis hotline center launched in Atlanta last December as a cornerstone of a renewed push to curb the problem of veteran suicide. More than 300 staff were hired and trained in Atlanta, and by April VA officials testified before Congress about the crisis line’s success answering the needs...
Why little has been done to protect people from breaches like Equifax
 The hacking of Atlanta-based credit reporting giant Equifax has revealed the patchwork nature of the nation’s system of cybersecurity when it comes to protecting sensitive consumer data. The breach, which exposed the Social Security numbers and other data of 143 million Americans, has also revealed how little protection and how...

Posted: 4 days ago

The hacking of Atlanta-based credit reporting giant Equifax has revealed the patchwork nature of the nation’s system of cybersecurity when it comes to protecting sensitive consumer data. The breach, which exposed the Social Security numbers and other data of 143 million Americans, has also revealed how little protection and how...
Equifax hack reveals that little has been done to protect consumers
 The massive data breach at the Atlanta-based credit reporting firm Equifax has thrust into the spotlight the country’s patchwork system of cybersecurity rules and laws that often allow businesses to escape significant penalties for leaving sensitive consumer information at risk. Congress has done little over the past two decades to...

Posted: 6 days ago

The massive data breach at the Atlanta-based credit reporting firm Equifax has thrust into the spotlight the country’s patchwork system of cybersecurity rules and laws that often allow businesses to escape significant penalties for leaving sensitive consumer information at risk. Congress has done little over the past two decades to...
Child molestation arrest slips through school background checks
 Despite his arrest years ago for child molestation, Joseph Melvin Farrington had a way of landing jobs that gave him access
            to kids. He worked at a church child care program in Cobb County until last month when a parent brought his 2000 arrest to the attention
            of church officials. Farrington abruptly resigned. But...

Posted: 17 days ago

Despite his arrest years ago for child molestation, Joseph Melvin Farrington had a way of landing jobs that gave him access to kids. He worked at a church child care program in Cobb County until last month when a parent brought his 2000 arrest to the attention of church officials. Farrington abruptly resigned. But...
VA managers linked to Atlanta enrollment office face investigation, reassignment
 Four VA managers linked to the veterans national health care enrollment office in Atlanta have been moved from their positions
            pending the outcome of an internal investigation. VA on Tuesday did not disclose the nature of the inquiry. The move is another sign of deep dysfunction at the Atlanta-based
            Health Eligibility...

Posted: 24 days ago

Four VA managers linked to the veterans national health care enrollment office in Atlanta have been moved from their positions pending the outcome of an internal investigation. VA on Tuesday did not disclose the nature of the inquiry. The move is another sign of deep dysfunction at the Atlanta-based Health Eligibility...
Police shooting data project moves forward despite Comey’s firing by President Trump
 As protests over police violence against black citizens swelled in recent years, the lack of reliable government data embarrassed
            law enforcement officials and made it seem like the profession didn’t take the issue seriously. Police track scores of statistics so how could they not accurately say how often they killed someone...

Posted: 25 days ago

As protests over police violence against black citizens swelled in recent years, the lack of reliable government data embarrassed law enforcement officials and made it seem like the profession didn’t take the issue seriously. Police track scores of statistics so how could they not accurately say how often they killed someone...
Ferguson reporter traces the birth of a protest movement
 Three years ago this month, a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the agency left his body laying in the street for hours as the local community absorbed the grim display. Images of the spectacle quickly spread across social media and television, helping ignite a protest movement that focused...

Posted: 28 days ago

Three years ago this month, a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the agency left his body laying in the street for hours as the local community absorbed the grim display. Images of the spectacle quickly spread across social media and television, helping ignite a protest movement that focused...
Police chief in Caroline Small shooting case to retire
 One police officer who fatally shot Caroline Small died last year. Another officer involved in the dramatic
             shooting captured on video received a promotion. And now the south Georgia police chief 
            who took extraordinary steps to defend the officers’ actions in the 2010 killing is leaving...

11:18 AM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

One police officer who fatally shot Caroline Small died last year. Another officer involved in the dramatic  shooting captured on video received a promotion. And now the south Georgia police chief  who took extraordinary steps to defend the officers’ actions in the 2010 killing is leaving...
Atlanta VA employees reassigned pending investigation of racially charged messages
 The VA reassigned the head of the agency’s national health enrollment office in Atlanta and another employee pending the outcome
            of an investigation into racially charged messages that included mention of sending people to “the ovens.” The move comes after a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel...

3:02 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

The VA reassigned the head of the agency’s national health enrollment office in Atlanta and another employee pending the outcome of an investigation into racially charged messages that included mention of sending people to “the ovens.” The move comes after a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel...
VA executive who exchanged offensive messages earns $100K+
 The VA executive who exchanged unprofessional and offensive instant messages with another VA employee earned $96,586 last
            year, 
            according to the latest federal salary data available. But that was before Angel Lawrence was elevated last fall to the top job at the national Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta.
    ...

5:03 PM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

The VA executive who exchanged unprofessional and offensive instant messages with another VA employee earned $96,586 last year, according to the latest federal salary data available. But that was before Angel Lawrence was elevated last fall to the top job at the national Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta. ...