Shannon McCaffrey

Senior assistant editor for Enterprise

Shannon McCaffrey is a senior editor for the Crime & Public Safety team. Since joining the AJC in 2012, she has also worked as an investigative reporter and watchdog reporting coach. Previously, Shannon worked in New York, Washington D.C. and Atlanta for The Associated Press, focused on politics at the state and national level. She also covered the Justice Department and The U.S. Supreme Court for the Washington Bureau of Knight Ridder Newspapers.

Latest from Shannon McCaffrey

Opinion: Shining a brighter light on victims, criminals

Posted: 27 days ago

Why are we obsessed with crime? Why are so many gritty detective novels best sellers? And why do those true crime documentaries pop up on our TV’s every night? Sure, there is a dark fascination. What makes someone pick up a gun and pull the trigger? And be honest: When you heard of some terrible, violent event, what did you think? ...
Cold Case: Tiffany Whitton disappeared at a Marietta Walmart - What Happened? 
 On the night she disappeared, Tiffany Whitton ran. Busted for shoplifting, the 26-year-old fled into the parking lot of a Cobb County Walmart and hasn’t been seen since.  “Here you have an individual who literally ran out of her life,” Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans said. “She left her phone...

12:33 AM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

On the night she disappeared, Tiffany Whitton ran. Busted for shoplifting, the 26-year-old fled into the parking lot of a Cobb County Walmart and hasn’t been seen since.  “Here you have an individual who literally ran out of her life,” Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans said. “She left her phone...
Obamacare repeal met with anxiety, celebration in Georgia
Greg Williams, former chair of the Buckhead Young Republicans, is forced to spend money on a health insurance plan he doesn’t want because Obamacare requires high-quality coverage. He was glad to see progress with the GOP plan repealing Obamacare.

12:30 AM Saturday, May. 06, 2017

Greg Williams, former chair of the Buckhead Young Republicans, is forced to spend money on a health insurance plan he doesn’t want because Obamacare requires high-quality coverage. He was glad to see progress with the GOP plan repealing Obamacare.
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Eliza sings carols in GP

7:45 PM Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

Eliza sings carols in GP
AJC, Channel 2 appeal gag order in Tara Grinstead case
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News are challenging a sweeping gag order issued by a south Georgia judge in the case of Irwin County teacher Tara Grinstead’s disappearance and murder. Issued this week by Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross, of the Tifton Judicial Circuit, the order prohibits police, potential witnesses...

9:58 PM Friday, Mar. 03, 2017

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News are challenging a sweeping gag order issued by a south Georgia judge in the case of Irwin County teacher Tara Grinstead’s disappearance and murder. Issued this week by Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross, of the Tifton Judicial Circuit, the order prohibits police, potential witnesses...
For Sonny and David Perdue, trucking business crashed
 When he was governor, Sonny Perdue liked to tell Georgians that he was a businessman long before he was a politician. That attribute appealed to President Donald Trump, who nominated Perdue to be his agriculture secretary. The former governor’s cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, built his fortune as a corporate turnaround specialist, helping...

6:19 PM Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

When he was governor, Sonny Perdue liked to tell Georgians that he was a businessman long before he was a politician. That attribute appealed to President Donald Trump, who nominated Perdue to be his agriculture secretary. The former governor’s cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, built his fortune as a corporate turnaround specialist, helping...
For Sonny and David Perdue, trucking venture crashed
 When he was governor, Sonny Perdue liked to tell Georgians that he was a businessman long before he was a politician. That attribute appealed to President Donald Trump, who nominated Perdue to be his agriculture secretary. The former governor’s cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, built his fortune as a corporate turnaround specialist...

7:45 PM Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

When he was governor, Sonny Perdue liked to tell Georgians that he was a businessman long before he was a politician. That attribute appealed to President Donald Trump, who nominated Perdue to be his agriculture secretary. The former governor’s cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, built his fortune as a corporate turnaround specialist...
Donald Trump expects Sonny Perdue to produce ‘big results’ as ag chief
 President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s expecting “big results” out of Sonny Perdue as U.S. agriculture secretary, but the former Georgia governor is largely a blank slate for many of the lawmakers who will be voting on his confirmation and working with him on farm policy. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...

10:41 PM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s expecting “big results” out of Sonny Perdue as U.S. agriculture secretary, but the former Georgia governor is largely a blank slate for many of the lawmakers who will be voting on his confirmation and working with him on farm policy. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...
Trump taps Perdue as agriculture chief
 Sonny Perdue was selected Wednesday as Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, giving the first Republican governor to lead Georgia since Reconstruction the opportunity to set the nation’s farm policy. The 70-year-old Perdue, a veterinarian by training, has deep ties to agribusiness. That helped him win over Trump, but it could...

1:45 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Sonny Perdue was selected Wednesday as Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, giving the first Republican governor to lead Georgia since Reconstruction the opportunity to set the nation’s farm policy. The 70-year-old Perdue, a veterinarian by training, has deep ties to agribusiness. That helped him win over Trump, but it could...
Bill would restrict colleges’ response to sexual assault reports
 A key state lawmaker wants to limit the ability of Georgia’s public colleges to investigate and discipline alleged campus rapists. A bill introduced this week from state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, would prevent schools from investigating campus sex abuse claims unless police were also involved. It highlights a central question...

5:00 AM Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

A key state lawmaker wants to limit the ability of Georgia’s public colleges to investigate and discipline alleged campus rapists. A bill introduced this week from state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, would prevent schools from investigating campus sex abuse claims unless police were also involved. It highlights a central question...
From AJC archives: Foster care system two-tiered

12:40 AM Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016

It's a shift of money and manpower that has created a two-tiered system, with children in Fulton and DeKalb guaranteed more benefits and attention than in the other 157 counties. The state's top social services official, Department of Human Services Commissioner Clyde Reese, acknowledged some inequity. "I think the short answer to that...