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

7 arrest warrants issued in Georgia university sex investigation
 Prosecutors announced Friday they’ve issued seven arrests warrants, including for a former Fort Valley State University official, for prostitution and sodomy that allegedly began a year ago. >> Read more trending news  Warrants were issued Tuesday for Ernest Harvey, 47; Kenneth Howard, 56; Ryan Jenkins, 35; Charles...

Posted: a day ago

Prosecutors announced Friday they’ve issued seven arrests warrants, including for a former Fort Valley State University official, for prostitution and sodomy that allegedly began a year ago. >> Read more trending news  Warrants were issued Tuesday for Ernest Harvey, 47; Kenneth Howard, 56; Ryan Jenkins, 35; Charles...
Georgia DA says prostitution ring ran on Fort Valley State campus; 7 charged
 The list of suspects in a Fort Valley State University sex and prostitution ring reads like characters in a cheap novel. A mortician who works part time as a county commissioner. An assistant principal. A city manager. A former legal counsel for a university. Those are four of the six men that Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David...

Posted: a day ago

The list of suspects in a Fort Valley State University sex and prostitution ring reads like characters in a cheap novel. A mortician who works part time as a county commissioner. An assistant principal. A city manager. A former legal counsel for a university. Those are four of the six men that Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David...
Trend of fewer black male doctors has broader public health impact
 Aaron Doctor, a bright and ambitious young African-American man, grew up in a black community in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, but he was 21 years old the first time he met a black doctor, a man whose wife was also a physician. “I didn’t think black people could be doctors,” said Doctor, 29. Doctor, as his name aptly...

Posted: 8 days ago

Aaron Doctor, a bright and ambitious young African-American man, grew up in a black community in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, but he was 21 years old the first time he met a black doctor, a man whose wife was also a physician. “I didn’t think black people could be doctors,” said Doctor, 29. Doctor, as his name aptly...
AJC Sepia Poll: Who has the best HBCU Homecoming?
 Football season is half over. Which is a good thing at HBCUs.  That means that Homecoming season has arrived.  The annual festival of colors, tailgates, fly outfits, Greeks and step shows.  Where in some cases, how the band did at halftime is more important than the actual football game.  But we didn’t ask one key...

Posted: 11 days ago

Football season is half over. Which is a good thing at HBCUs.  That means that Homecoming season has arrived.  The annual festival of colors, tailgates, fly outfits, Greeks and step shows.  Where in some cases, how the band did at halftime is more important than the actual football game.  But we didn’t ask one key...
What Kavanaugh drama says about due process and the Central Park 5
 Due process. That is what President Donald Trump is calling for as he struggles to get the flailing Brett Kavanaugh appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court despite a chorus of allegations against him for excessive drinking, bullying and sexual assault.  “It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of...

Posted: 16 days ago

Due process. That is what President Donald Trump is calling for as he struggles to get the flailing Brett Kavanaugh appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court despite a chorus of allegations against him for excessive drinking, bullying and sexual assault.  “It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of...
What Kavanaugh drama says about due process and the Central Park 5
 Due process. That is what President Donald Trump is calling for as he struggles to get the flailing Brett Kavanaugh appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court despite a chorus of allegations against him for excessive drinking, bullying and sexual assault.  “It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of...

Posted: 17 days ago

Due process. That is what President Donald Trump is calling for as he struggles to get the flailing Brett Kavanaugh appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court despite a chorus of allegations against him for excessive drinking, bullying and sexual assault.  “It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of...
Georgia’s ‘black belt’ plays big part in Abrams’ strategy
 Carolyn Baker wheels her Toyota through the quiet streets of Cuthbert looking for Democratic voters. Although the county has changed all the address numbers, Baker refuses to use her GPS. She grew up on these streets. “This is the first year I have canvassed. With Stacey Abrams and other female candidates, it is important to do this...

Posted: 23 days ago

Carolyn Baker wheels her Toyota through the quiet streets of Cuthbert looking for Democratic voters. Although the county has changed all the address numbers, Baker refuses to use her GPS. She grew up on these streets. “This is the first year I have canvassed. With Stacey Abrams and other female candidates, it is important to do this...
It seems Florence has spared Savannah, Tybee Island
 On the campus of Savannah State University, there was a clear sign that Florence — formerly a hurricane, but by Friday afternoon a tropical storm — was far from everyone’s mind. Well, almost everybody. “Thank God for Florence,” a woman said as she left the bookstore and headed for the parking lot. “Look...

11:37 PM Friday, Sep. 14, 2018

On the campus of Savannah State University, there was a clear sign that Florence — formerly a hurricane, but by Friday afternoon a tropical storm — was far from everyone’s mind. Well, almost everybody. “Thank God for Florence,” a woman said as she left the bookstore and headed for the parking lot. “Look...
Questlove explores symphonic essence of Prince in concert series
 Quiet as it’s kept, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson might be the biggest Prince nerd on the planet. On Saturday, the acclaimed drummer of The Roots will demonstrate his years’ worth of studying, following and playing with Prince to metro Atlanta with “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.” Questlove, as he...

5:10 PM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

Quiet as it’s kept, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson might be the biggest Prince nerd on the planet. On Saturday, the acclaimed drummer of The Roots will demonstrate his years’ worth of studying, following and playing with Prince to metro Atlanta with “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.” Questlove, as he...
Georgia Coast: Calm before the storm?
 Atiya Lilly-Gassaway sat on a swing on the Tybee Island beach seemingly without a care in the world.  She had driven down from her home in Atlanta to celebrate her birthday — Florence be damned.  “I don’t believe in fear, so I booked my trip and came,” said Lilly-Gassaway. “If I get swept away, I&rsquo...

4:16 PM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

Atiya Lilly-Gassaway sat on a swing on the Tybee Island beach seemingly without a care in the world.  She had driven down from her home in Atlanta to celebrate her birthday — Florence be damned.  “I don’t believe in fear, so I booked my trip and came,” said Lilly-Gassaway. “If I get swept away, I&rsquo...
Nike's Kaepernick ad leads small Georgia university to ban the swoosh
 Even those who live in Georgia may not have heard of Truett McConnell University, but this week, the private Southern Baptist college in Cleveland, Georgia, joined the national response of some to Nike’s ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. Emir Caner, the president of Truett McConnell, announced Friday that the university...

9:30 PM Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

Even those who live in Georgia may not have heard of Truett McConnell University, but this week, the private Southern Baptist college in Cleveland, Georgia, joined the national response of some to Nike’s ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. Emir Caner, the president of Truett McConnell, announced Friday that the university...