Ernie Suggs

Reporter for Enterprise

Ernie Suggs has been a reporter at the AJC since 1997, currently covering a variety of breaking news and investigative stories for page A1. He previously reported for newspapers in New York City and Durham, N.C. A veteran of more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter, Suggs has covered stories ranging from politics to civil rights to higher education. A 1990 graduate of North Carolina Central University, with a degree in English Literature, Suggs was also a Harvard University Nieman Fellow. He is currently on the Nieman Board of Trustees and the former national vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists. His appreciation for Prince and the New York Yankees is unmatched.

Latest from Ernie Suggs

Veteran AJC photo editor Kent Johnson dies at 57
 Kent Johnson’s last assignment as a photographer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was part of his passion and an example of why his staff adored him. It was a Saturday night, and he was in Conyers to shoot the Bill Pickett Rodeo at the Georgia International Horse Park. Monday’s paper needed a “lead” visual, and...

Posted: 9 days ago

Kent Johnson’s last assignment as a photographer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was part of his passion and an example of why his staff adored him. It was a Saturday night, and he was in Conyers to shoot the Bill Pickett Rodeo at the Georgia International Horse Park. Monday’s paper needed a “lead” visual, and...
AJC Sepia Family Reunion & Summer Cookout Music Playlist
 It is that time of the year that we all look forward to, or dread – family reunion season.  Aside from the location, how much alcohol to buy and who made the potato salad, we all know that music can make or  break a family gathering.   “Music is very important,” said Penny Moore of the Discover DeKalb...

Posted: 18 days ago

It is that time of the year that we all look forward to, or dread – family reunion season.  Aside from the location, how much alcohol to buy and who made the potato salad, we all know that music can make or  break a family gathering.  “Music is very important,” said Penny Moore of the Discover DeKalb...
C.T. Vivian’s book collection provides ‘gravitas’ for new Atlanta library
 One of the largest, oldest and most important private collection of black literature will soon be available to the public. Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian has agreed to donate his 6,000-plus collection of books to the National Monuments Foundation for the creation of the C.T. Vivian Library. The library will be the centerpiece of the Peace...

Posted: 22 days ago

One of the largest, oldest and most important private collection of black literature will soon be available to the public. Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian has agreed to donate his 6,000-plus collection of books to the National Monuments Foundation for the creation of the C.T. Vivian Library. The library will be the centerpiece of the Peace...
C.T. Vivian’s vast collection of books to anchor library in his honor
 When C.T. Vivian was growing up in Macomb, Ill., one of his favorite places was the local library. All of the librarians knew him and eagerly fed his reading habit. Few blacks actually used the McComb library then, and they found even fewer books there that were written for or about them. “Nowhere in town was there a place to really...

Posted: 23 days ago

When C.T. Vivian was growing up in Macomb, Ill., one of his favorite places was the local library. All of the librarians knew him and eagerly fed his reading habit. Few blacks actually used the McComb library then, and they found even fewer books there that were written for or about them. “Nowhere in town was there a place to really...
Georgia NAACP president steps down with an eye toward politics
 With an eye toward elective office, Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson announced that he was stepping down from his post on Saturday.  Johnson, 38, a civil rights attorney and pastor from Statesboro, has been rumored as a possible challenger to Congressman Rick Allen (R-Augusta) in the 2018 midterms. In resigning from the NAACP...

Posted: 26 days ago

With an eye toward elective office, Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson announced that he was stepping down from his post on Saturday.  Johnson, 38, a civil rights attorney and pastor from Statesboro, has been rumored as a possible challenger to Congressman Rick Allen (R-Augusta) in the 2018 midterms. In resigning from the NAACP...
Will the latest on R. Kelly be enough for fans to drop him?
 After the most recent allegations against crooner R. Kelly surfaced — that he is running a sex cult out of his home — has the time finally come to stop supporting “The Pied Piper of R&B?” Atlanta resident Wanda Hyatt says yes. Hyatt purchased an $85 ticket to the upcoming R. Kelly concert at the Wolf Creek...

4:24 PM Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

After the most recent allegations against crooner R. Kelly surfaced — that he is running a sex cult out of his home — has the time finally come to stop supporting “The Pied Piper of R&B?” Atlanta resident Wanda Hyatt says yes. Hyatt purchased an $85 ticket to the upcoming R. Kelly concert at the Wolf Creek...
‘Welcome Home:’ Mandela’s 1990 visit to Atlanta rained adoration
 In June 1990, Atlanta officials prepped for a visit from someone who had suddenly become  one of the world’s most beloved figures — Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who had spent 27 years as a political martyr in South African prisons  on charges of sabotage, had been released a few months earlier after intense public...

3:33 PM Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

In June 1990, Atlanta officials prepped for a visit from someone who had suddenly become  one of the world’s most beloved figures — Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who had spent 27 years as a political martyr in South African prisons  on charges of sabotage, had been released a few months earlier after intense public...
Why do people still love R. Kelly, and what does that say about us?
 I have a confession to make.  In my iTunes, which is meticulously curated and organized, I have 25 R. Kelly songs.  With nearly 10,000 songs in my collection and my obsession with Prince and the “Hamilton” soundtrack, I rarely – if ever – listen to any of them. But they are there.  You see, R. Kelly...

12:00 AM Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

I have a confession to make.  In my iTunes, which is meticulously curated and organized, I have 25 R. Kelly songs.  With nearly 10,000 songs in my collection and my obsession with Prince and the “Hamilton” soundtrack, I rarely – if ever – listen to any of them. But they are there.  You see, R. Kelly...
Monument honoring Maynard Jackson unveiled at Oakland Cemetery
 At 6-foot-3, former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, with his over-sized personality and booming voice, was a mountain of a man. So it is fitting, said his widow, Valerie Jackson that a grand monument recognizing that, as well as his contributions to the city, be erected in his honor. In June, on the 14th anniversary of Maynard Jackson&rsquo...

7:44 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

At 6-foot-3, former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson, with his over-sized personality and booming voice, was a mountain of a man. So it is fitting, said his widow, Valerie Jackson that a grand monument recognizing that, as well as his contributions to the city, be erected in his honor. In June, on the 14th anniversary of Maynard Jackson&rsquo...
Monument for Mayor Jackson ‘oversized and grand, but so was Maynard’
 Valerie Richardson Jackson avoided this moment for more than a decade. Since Maynard Jackson died 14 years ago, his widow had always thought about erecting a monument befitting his legacy as Atlanta’s first black mayor. It would go on his gravesite at Oakland cemetery — but she could never gather the strength to actually do it...

7:27 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

Valerie Richardson Jackson avoided this moment for more than a decade. Since Maynard Jackson died 14 years ago, his widow had always thought about erecting a monument befitting his legacy as Atlanta’s first black mayor. It would go on his gravesite at Oakland cemetery — but she could never gather the strength to actually do it...
DeKalb police reopen probe into white officer’s beating of black woman
 DeKalb County police have placed a 2014 Officer of the Year on “administrative/restricted duty” while they reopen an investigation of a videotaped incident in June in which the officer repeatedly struck a homeless woman with his metal baton. Officer P.J. Larscheid, who wielded the baton, is white. Katie McCrary, who allegedly...

6:20 PM Wednesday, Jul. 12, 2017

DeKalb County police have placed a 2014 Officer of the Year on “administrative/restricted duty” while they reopen an investigation of a videotaped incident in June in which the officer repeatedly struck a homeless woman with his metal baton. Officer P.J. Larscheid, who wielded the baton, is white. Katie McCrary, who allegedly...