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

‘We’ve helped the country,’ says Salvadoran of losing protective status
 José Fermán sat in the Atlanta offices of the El Salvadoran consulate, overwhelmed with a sense of pressure, sadness and fear. All playing out on his tear-stained face. He has been in the United States since 1999. “I’ve been living in the country all that time. We’ve worked, we’ve helped the country,&rdquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

José Fermán sat in the Atlanta offices of the El Salvadoran consulate, overwhelmed with a sense of pressure, sadness and fear. All playing out on his tear-stained face. He has been in the United States since 1999. “I’ve been living in the country all that time. We’ve worked, we’ve helped the country,&rdquo...
‘This guy is a bigot,’ Atlanta immigrants say of Trump 
 Haitian and African immigrants across metro Atlanta reacted with fury and disgust Friday to President Donald Trump’s reported assertion that they come from “shithole countries.”  “I haven’t seen anyone so brazenly institutionalizing bigotry and racism,” said Leo Mulbah, former president of the Liberian...

Posted: 8 days ago

Haitian and African immigrants across metro Atlanta reacted with fury and disgust Friday to President Donald Trump’s reported assertion that they come from “shithole countries.”  “I haven’t seen anyone so brazenly institutionalizing bigotry and racism,” said Leo Mulbah, former president of the Liberian...
AJC Sepia Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Playlist
 Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89-years-old on Monday.  In the 50 years since his death, literally dozens of songs – crossing a wide range of genres – have been dedicated to his memory and inspired by his words and works.  As a theologian, King understood and appreciated music.  As a civil rights leader...

Posted: 10 days ago

Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89-years-old on Monday.  In the 50 years since his death, literally dozens of songs – crossing a wide range of genres – have been dedicated to his memory and inspired by his words and works.  As a theologian, King understood and appreciated music.  As a civil rights leader...
A little known side of Martin Luther King, Jr.: advice columnist
 “Let the man that led the Montgomery boycott lead you into happier living.” That was part of an advertisement in the September 1957 edition of Jet magazine, announcing the debut of a new advice columnist on the pages of its sister publication, Ebony — Martin Luther King Jr. For more than a year, the 28-year-old King &mdash...

Posted: 10 days ago

“Let the man that led the Montgomery boycott lead you into happier living.” That was part of an advertisement in the September 1957 edition of Jet magazine, announcing the debut of a new advice columnist on the pages of its sister publication, Ebony — Martin Luther King Jr. For more than a year, the 28-year-old King &mdash...
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: 10 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...
Football stars align: Atlanta revels with UGA in championship game
 Dennis Adamovich hasn’t slept much in recent days and isn’t planning to rest until at least the end of the month. So is the life of the CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame. On Friday, he was running around the increasingly busy downtown facility, monitoring at least two television and radio shows being broadcast live...

Posted: 13 days ago

Dennis Adamovich hasn’t slept much in recent days and isn’t planning to rest until at least the end of the month. So is the life of the CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame. On Friday, he was running around the increasingly busy downtown facility, monitoring at least two television and radio shows being broadcast live...
Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, 82
 A strikeout was all Mamie Johnson needed to shut up Hank Bayliss’ taunts. The Kansas City Monarchs’ third baseman mocked the pitching great’s stature, referring to her as “Peanut” — a name unbefitting the size of Johnson’s spirit.  And it was with that strikeout, the first of many, that sealed...

9:10 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

A strikeout was all Mamie Johnson needed to shut up Hank Bayliss’ taunts. The Kansas City Monarchs’ third baseman mocked the pitching great’s stature, referring to her as “Peanut” — a name unbefitting the size of Johnson’s spirit.  And it was with that strikeout, the first of many, that sealed...
AJC Sepia Holiday Playlist
 There are at least two truisms coming out of African-American homes every holiday season.  Somebody is going to be playing Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas.”  And somebody is going to be playing The Temptations’, “Silent Night.”  The two songs, one an original that debuted in 1970, the other...

9:02 PM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

There are at least two truisms coming out of African-American homes every holiday season.  Somebody is going to be playing Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas.”  And somebody is going to be playing The Temptations’, “Silent Night.”  The two songs, one an original that debuted in 1970, the other...
Atlanta child murders: Skeptical police chief resurrects ‘cold cases’
 (This story was originally published May 12, 2005) For 22 years, Louis Graham was bothered by the belief that the wrong man was sent to prison for the infamous “Atlanta child murders,” a string of killings that terrorized the area in the early 1980s. Now that he's police chief in DeKalb County, Graham...

9:02 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

(This story was originally published May 12, 2005) For 22 years, Louis Graham was bothered by the belief that the wrong man was sent to prison for the infamous “Atlanta child murders,” a string of killings that terrorized the area in the early 1980s. Now that he's police chief in DeKalb County, Graham...
Atlanta child murders: Parents never gave up vigil for missing children
 (This story was originally published May 15, 2005.) When Willie Mae Mathis decided to move last summer, she knew she couldn't go far. So she packed her belongings and moved into a house right next door to the Atlanta home in which she had lived for 30 years.  And she kept the same phone number --- just in case. "...

8:58 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

(This story was originally published May 15, 2005.) When Willie Mae Mathis decided to move last summer, she knew she couldn't go far. So she packed her belongings and moved into a house right next door to the Atlanta home in which she had lived for 30 years.  And she kept the same phone number --- just in case. "...
Maynard Jackson, 1938-2003: 'A lion of a man'
 (This obituary was published June 24, 2003 by AJC reporter Ernie Suggs. Jackson was mayor of Atlanta during the Atlanta child murders.) Maynard H. Jackson Jr., elected in 1973 as the first African-American to run a major Southern city, helped create an Atlanta that boasted the world's busiest airport, allowed minorities to do business with...

8:49 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

(This obituary was published June 24, 2003 by AJC reporter Ernie Suggs. Jackson was mayor of Atlanta during the Atlanta child murders.) Maynard H. Jackson Jr., elected in 1973 as the first African-American to run a major Southern city, helped create an Atlanta that boasted the world's busiest airport, allowed minorities to do business with...