Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley is the editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ajceditor

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Opinion: Great leadership, vision key to future of HBCUs
 First, if it were not for HBCUs, our nation’s rise to worldwide power probably would have been compromised by extreme social and economic instability. HBCUs spent their first century waging a war against illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness. Long after many predominantly white institutions began aggressively recruiting African-Americans...

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First, if it were not for HBCUs, our nation’s rise to worldwide power probably would have been compromised by extreme social and economic instability. HBCUs spent their first century waging a war against illiteracy, poverty and hopelessness. Long after many predominantly white institutions began aggressively recruiting African-Americans...
Editor Kevin Riley: Capturing a team, and state’s, run
 It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among...

5:00 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

It’s been almost a week, but whether or not you’re a University of Georgia football fan, you can probably still sense the lingering disappointment of the devastating loss in the college championship game. (And just for a moment here, I will acknowledge that we have plenty of Georgia Tech – and Alabama – fans among...
When they have questions, Fulton judge lets jurors ask them
 It can happen at the end of a searing cross-examination of the state’s star witness and after seemingly perfunctory testimony from a crime scene tech. In fact, it can occur when any witness testifies at trial in the courtroom of Judge Robert McBurney. After lawyers from both sides finish with their examinations, McBurney then looks...

10:25 PM Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

It can happen at the end of a searing cross-examination of the state’s star witness and after seemingly perfunctory testimony from a crime scene tech. In fact, it can occur when any witness testifies at trial in the courtroom of Judge Robert McBurney. After lawyers from both sides finish with their examinations, McBurney then looks...
Opinion: Honesty is our job, even when the truth is painful
 When the e-mail arrived early last week, I knew right away the sender wasn’t happy. The subject line said “Shame on AJC for irresponsible reporting.” So I steeled myself, and opened it. The writer was incensed by our coverage of the fire, power failure and ensuing mess at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. “So ATL has a power...

5:00 PM Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

When the e-mail arrived early last week, I knew right away the sender wasn’t happy. The subject line said “Shame on AJC for irresponsible reporting.” So I steeled myself, and opened it. The writer was incensed by our coverage of the fire, power failure and ensuing mess at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. “So ATL has a power...
Photos: Images from ‘Breakdown’ Season 6
Citizens of Fulton County summonded for jury duty line up at the Fulton County Courthouse. Some of the potential jurors would be selected for the trial of Nicholas Benton. (Kevin Riley / kriley@ajc.com)

1:53 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Citizens of Fulton County summonded for jury duty line up at the Fulton County Courthouse. Some of the potential jurors would be selected for the trial of Nicholas Benton. (Kevin Riley / kriley@ajc.com)
Our report to you
 We at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution know that when you picked up your newspaper today, you made an investment. That investment of your time and money is precious to us, and we wanted to share with you how your investment in local journalism is returning value to you. That's why we've included this report, "The Year in Real Journalism...

9:56 PM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

We at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution know that when you picked up your newspaper today, you made an investment. That investment of your time and money is precious to us, and we wanted to share with you how your investment in local journalism is returning value to you. That's why we've included this report, "The Year in Real Journalism...
‘Breakdown’ S06, Ep. 2: Voice of a killer?
 Atlanta homicide Detective Scott Berhalter had been working the double-murder case for weeks. Reginald “Reggie” Coicou, 24, and Quincy “Fat” Wytche, 22, were shot to death outside a northwest Atlanta Burger King in April 2016. They had been sitting in a car with two other men, apparently to transact a drug deal, when...

11:13 AM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Atlanta homicide Detective Scott Berhalter had been working the double-murder case for weeks. Reginald “Reggie” Coicou, 24, and Quincy “Fat” Wytche, 22, were shot to death outside a northwest Atlanta Burger King in April 2016. They had been sitting in a car with two other men, apparently to transact a drug deal, when...
‘Breakdown’ S06, Ep. 1: A Jury of His Peers
 The four men – two in each car – had a rendezvous at a gas station near I-285. Then they decided to drive both cars across the road to the new Burger King. It was a few minutes before midnight, closing time for the restaurant. The two vehicles pulled in. Two men got out of the black sedan – the car has never been identified...

2:21 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

The four men – two in each car – had a rendezvous at a gas station near I-285. Then they decided to drive both cars across the road to the new Burger King. It was a few minutes before midnight, closing time for the restaurant. The two vehicles pulled in. Two men got out of the black sedan – the car has never been identified...
Opinion: Courtroom recordings should be public
 The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the public doesn’t have a right to recordings that are made of the proceedings in courtrooms around the state. In a decision it issued on Oct. 30, the court ruled that the public may not obtain or even copy audio recordings of courtroom proceedings that are made by court reporters. This matter...

5:00 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the public doesn’t have a right to recordings that are made of the proceedings in courtrooms around the state. In a decision it issued on Oct. 30, the court ruled that the public may not obtain or even copy audio recordings of courtroom proceedings that are made by court reporters. This matter...
Opinion: Final chapter in a tragic story
 It was an odd and awkward reunion in Courtroom 8A in the Fulton County Justice Tower on that recent Friday afternoon. As the hearing scheduled for 3:30 approached, the groups gathered in separate corners of the courtroom; some nodded an acknowledgement to others while others ignored each other, still cast in the roles designed for us by circumstance...

4:00 PM Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

It was an odd and awkward reunion in Courtroom 8A in the Fulton County Justice Tower on that recent Friday afternoon. As the hearing scheduled for 3:30 approached, the groups gathered in separate corners of the courtroom; some nodded an acknowledgement to others while others ignored each other, still cast in the roles designed for us by circumstance...
Opinion: We make sense of unfolding history
 Between the time you start and finish reading this column, there’s a good chance that some breaking news has come out of Washington, D.C. It might be that President Trump has tweeted something, sending the Washington press corps into a frenzy. Or maybe a Democrat in Congress has shot back at him over a tweet. One of his cabinet members...

7:00 PM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Between the time you start and finish reading this column, there’s a good chance that some breaking news has come out of Washington, D.C. It might be that President Trump has tweeted something, sending the Washington press corps into a frenzy. Or maybe a Democrat in Congress has shot back at him over a tweet. One of his cabinet members...