Johnny Edwards

Johnny Edwards has been with the AJC since November 2010 and is a member of the investigative team, focusing on local governments.  He grew up in Cobb and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He previously worked at daily newspapers in Lynchburg, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and served time as an embedded reporter during the invasion of Iraq.  At the AJC, he spent three years covering the Fulton County government, reporting on its tax billing problems, elections debacles, the high compensation of its tax commissioner and irregularities in Atlanta and Fulton census figures. His award-winning work includes coverage of the recession-induced property tax meltdown, faulty locks at the Fulton jail and the mutually-beneficial relationship between the Fulton tax commissioner and the county’s biggest buyer of tax liens.  Since joining the investigative team in 2013, Edwards has exposed how several elected officials used their discretionary budgets for personal benefit. One such story triggered an FBI investigation that resulted in criminal charges against a DeKalb County commissioner, who resigned her post.  Edwards lives in Sandy Springs.

Latest from Johnny Edwards

Georgia agency plays keep away with Medicaid records
 A diabetic woman with an amputated leg fell from a wheelchair in this van in 2012. Her injuries caused her to lose her left
               arm. She died in September. SPECIAL Should Georgians have the right to see how state government contractors plan to rectify contract violations? Not if the contractor in question says no. That’s...

Posted: a day ago

A diabetic woman with an amputated leg fell from a wheelchair in this van in 2012. Her injuries caused her to lose her left arm. She died in September. SPECIAL Should Georgians have the right to see how state government contractors plan to rectify contract violations? Not if the contractor in question says no. That’s...
Pressure on drivers puts Medicaid passengers in peril
 The state pays LogistiCare tens of millions of taxpayer dollars a year to make sure frail and elderly Medicaid patients get to their doctors safely and on time. The privatized system is structured so the contractor sets its own rates with subcontractors — the mom-and-pop van companies that push wheelchairs, carry stretchers, lock safety...

Posted: 5 days ago

The state pays LogistiCare tens of millions of taxpayer dollars a year to make sure frail and elderly Medicaid patients get to their doctors safely and on time. The privatized system is structured so the contractor sets its own rates with subcontractors — the mom-and-pop van companies that push wheelchairs, carry stretchers, lock safety...
Lax oversight leaves patients at risk in Medicaid rides program
 The van driver didn’t strap the disabled patient’s wheelchair down, then took a shortcut through a grassy lot and hit a hole, pitching the diabetic woman with an amputated leg to the floor. The passenger lost her left arm as a result of her fall. Another van driver slammed on his brakes in traffic, jettisoning a woman from her...

Posted: 6 days ago

The van driver didn’t strap the disabled patient’s wheelchair down, then took a shortcut through a grassy lot and hit a hole, pitching the diabetic woman with an amputated leg to the floor. The passenger lost her left arm as a result of her fall. Another van driver slammed on his brakes in traffic, jettisoning a woman from her...
State’s Medicaid transport system gives contractor an upper hand
 Medicaid patients who don’t have transportation can get free rides to dialysis, checkups, rehabilitation, pharmacies and other medical visits. That’s because the federal government wants to keep them out of emergency rooms and keep overall health care costs low. To run those non-emergency medical transportation programs, states...

Posted: 6 days ago

Medicaid patients who don’t have transportation can get free rides to dialysis, checkups, rehabilitation, pharmacies and other medical visits. That’s because the federal government wants to keep them out of emergency rooms and keep overall health care costs low. To run those non-emergency medical transportation programs, states...
Feds accuse Roswell lawyer of helping orchestrate client’s Ponzi scheme
 From left, Credit Nation attorney Marc Celello, ex-CFO Michael Sullivan and CEO Jim Torchia. Sullivan, who had a falling out
               with Torchia, provided this 2007 photo. Federal regulators say attorney Marc Celello did more than just whisper advice in the ear of a Cherokee County businessman
            
            accused of running...

11:34 AM Friday, Oct. 06, 2017

From left, Credit Nation attorney Marc Celello, ex-CFO Michael Sullivan and CEO Jim Torchia. Sullivan, who had a falling out with Torchia, provided this 2007 photo. Federal regulators say attorney Marc Celello did more than just whisper advice in the ear of a Cherokee County businessman accused of running...
Georgia slow to investigate when nursing home patients may be at risk
 Georgia nursing home patients who may be at imminent risk of serious injury or death have not been able to rely on the state to immediately investigate, according to a new report by a federal watchdog agency. When a patient may be in immediate jeopardy, states are federally required to conduct onsite investigations within two days of receiving...

10:40 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

Georgia nursing home patients who may be at imminent risk of serious injury or death have not been able to rely on the state to immediately investigate, according to a new report by a federal watchdog agency. When a patient may be in immediate jeopardy, states are federally required to conduct onsite investigations within two days of receiving...
Rally against ‘white and fair’ monument turns tense, but stays peaceful
 (TODD BENNETT / AUGUSTA CHRONICLE) AUGUSTA – A man in a white tank top loudly interrupted a speech, calling for the city’s Bloods and Crips gangs to unite against
            the establishment. Some 250 people turned out at a rally Thursday to call for removal of downtown Augusta’s 139-year-old Confederate Monument.
   ...

1:13 AM Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

(TODD BENNETT / AUGUSTA CHRONICLE) AUGUSTA – A man in a white tank top loudly interrupted a speech, calling for the city’s Bloods and Crips gangs to unite against the establishment. Some 250 people turned out at a rally Thursday to call for removal of downtown Augusta’s 139-year-old Confederate Monument. ...
NAACP will protest GA city’s ‘white and fair’ Confederate monument
 (TODD BENNETT / AUGUSTA CHRONICLE) A Georgia NAACP branch will hold a rally to demand removal of 
            one of the state’s most defiant pro-Confederacy memorials outside of Stone Mountain: a 76-foot spire in downtown Augusta bearing the inscription, “No nation rose so white and fair. None fell so pure of crime.” Last...

3:45 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

(TODD BENNETT / AUGUSTA CHRONICLE) A Georgia NAACP branch will hold a rally to demand removal of one of the state’s most defiant pro-Confederacy memorials outside of Stone Mountain: a 76-foot spire in downtown Augusta bearing the inscription, “No nation rose so white and fair. None fell so pure of crime.” Last...
Some 2,000 march in downtown Atlanta following Charlottesville 
 Some 2,000 people marched from downtown Atlanta to the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday night, quietly filing into the civil rights leader’s resting place as they protested racially-charged violence in Charlottesville. Teacher Jamae Morris, of Atlanta, brought her 12 year-old daughter Amari. "Right now is the time to make...

11:26 PM Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

Some 2,000 people marched from downtown Atlanta to the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday night, quietly filing into the civil rights leader’s resting place as they protested racially-charged violence in Charlottesville. Teacher Jamae Morris, of Atlanta, brought her 12 year-old daughter Amari. "Right now is the time to make...
Confederate monuments coming down all over the South
 Noon update: President Trump this morning decried efforts across the country to remove Civil War monuments. In a series of tweets, Trump said: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from...

12:05 AM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Noon update: President Trump this morning decried efforts across the country to remove Civil War monuments. In a series of tweets, Trump said: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from...
Gunman fired 19 shots at officers during standoff at hotel
 An armed man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after he fired 19 shots at officers during a nearly five-hour standoff at a Clayton County hotel, police said. The man, who was identified as Timothy Randall Monroe, surrendered to officers at the Southside Inn in the 6000 block of Old Dixie Highway about 2 p.m. after police fired...

2:45 PM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

An armed man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after he fired 19 shots at officers during a nearly five-hour standoff at a Clayton County hotel, police said. The man, who was identified as Timothy Randall Monroe, surrendered to officers at the Southside Inn in the 6000 block of Old Dixie Highway about 2 p.m. after police fired...